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

Engage Through Options : The Second Operating Principle

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it’s the only one we have.

Émile-Auguste Chartier (1868–1951)
French philosopher and journalist

The engage through options principle: Provide a process for generating and comparing options, exercising choice, and making decisions.

Rationale: Facilitation should not be a rubberstamping process in which participants go through the motions of adopting predetermined results. The purpose of evaluation facilitation with key stakeholders is to generate possibilities, consider options, and establish priorities. The evaluation facilitator helps identify, clarify, and explain options so that informed choices can be made.

The principle in practice: Deliberating on options and expressing preferences increases participants’ understanding of the implications of making certain choices and deepens ownership of the ...

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