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

Embed Evaluative Thinking Throughout : The Fourth Operating Principle

Reasoning is the only ability that makes it possible for humans to rule the earth and to ruin it. All other alleged distinctions between us and other life forms on the planet turn out to be illusory.

Michael Scriven (1976, p. 2)

The evaluative thinking principle: Embed evaluative thinking in all aspects of evaluation facilitation.

Rationale: Every evaluation facilitation assignment is an opportunity to train those involved and deepen their capacity to engage in evaluative thinking. Doing so is what sets evaluation facilitation apart from other forms of more generic facilitation.

The principle in practice: Everything an evaluation facilitator does should model evaluative thinking. In embedding and modeling evaluative thinking, the evaluation facilitator walks the talk of ...

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