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

The Overarching Principle of Evaluation Facilitation : Be Utilization-Focused

There are three constants in life . . . change, choice and principles.

Stephen Covey (1989)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Change. Choice. Principles. Principles guide choices in the face of change. Facilitation and evaluation principles guide an evaluation facilitator in helping a stakeholder group make choices about how to evaluate change initiatives. This chapter presents the principles that undergird my evaluation consulting and facilitation.

An effectiveness principle provides guidance about how to think or behave toward some desired result based on norms, values, beliefs, experience, and knowledge. Effective evaluation facilitation aims to enhance evaluation relevance, meaningfulness, credibility, and ultimately, use. An effectiveness principle for evaluation facilitation, then, will provide guidance for making ...

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