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

Conclusion and a Look Forward

Put simply, every part of every evaluation that involves contact with people needs to be facilitated. It follows, therefore, that the more skilled evaluators are in facilitation, the more effective they will be in working through the issues and challenges that arise during typical evaluations.

Tessie Catsambas (2016, p. 21)
President, American Evaluation Association (2018)

For those who read sequentially, this chapter will offer a review of the journey we’ve been on together, exploring the nature of and techniques for evaluation facilitation. For those who start reading at the end of books, this chapter will serve as a preview of the book. In this closing chapter, I’ll also discuss what the book does not cover and offer a ...

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