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

Observe, Interpret, and Adapt : The Third Operating Principle

Chance favors the prepared mind.

Louis Pasteur (1822–1895)
French microbiologist and pioneer of the germ theory of disease

The observe, interpret, adapt principle: Pay close attention to what happens as the group process unfolds and use those observations, and interpretation of what those observations mean, to adapt the process. Treat everything that happens as data to inform ongoing facilitation, reaction, and adaptation.

Rationale: Things seldom unfold as planned. Groups have their own dynamics. Observing and understanding those dynamics make adjustments possible.

The principle in practice: Effective evaluation facilitation involves gathering and using observational data on how, and how well, the group is making progress in accomplishing its intended evaluation purposes. In that role, the evaluation facilitator is an ...

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