Michael Quinn Patton’s Facilitating Evaluation: Principles in Practice is the first book of its kind to explain in depth and detail how to facilitate evaluation processes with stakeholders. Using the author’s own stories of his experiences as an evaluation facilitator, the book illustrates the five evaluation facilitation principles that are the organizing framework for addressing how to work with stakeholders to generate evaluation questions, make decisions among methods, interpret findings, and participate in all aspects of evaluation. Ultimately, this book will help readers perform facilitation to enhance the relevance, credibility, meaningfulness, and utility of evaluations. “A must-read for anyone considering a high-impact evaluation!” –Margaret Lombe, Boston College

Facilitating Evaluation to Enhance Use

The interpersonal factor: This matters for actually conducting the evaluation, because creating, managing, and mastering interpersonal dynamics increases the likelihood of successfully interacting with and constructively involving others in doing the work of evaluation. Simply put, evaluators must interact with people, particularly primary intended users, to successfully conduct evaluations that will produce useful results and, therefore must be able to skillfully facilitate interactions that promote constructive interpersonal dynamics with and among those involved.

Laurie Stevahn and Jean King (2016, p. 68)
Facilitating Interactive Evaluation Practice: Engaging Stakeholders Constructively

Evaluators need more than methodological knowledge and research skills. Core evaluator competencies include not only systematic inquiry skills but essential competencies in situation analysis, project management, professional practice, reflective practice, ...

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