Empowerment and Participatory Evaluation in Community Intervention: Multiple Benefits

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Program evaluations are more relevant when conducted by the people directly involved in the programs and members of the communities they serve. Learn how empowerment and participatory evaluation can help community programs deliver more effective services! With this book, you'll examine theoretical models, empirical investigations, and case studies that highlight important aspects of empowerment and participatory evaluation in community programs. The first half of the book presents frameworks and tools for empowerment and participatory evaluation, with an emphasis on transferring skills and building capacity. The remaining chapters examine specific efforts to implement empowerment and participatory evaluation with a range of stakeholders, highlighting the ways in which community members collaborated with evaluators and were actively engaged in the evaluation process. Covering various types of evaluations across a range of urgent social issues, this book offers practical steps for implementing evaluations and presents theoretical models as well as applied examples. The issues that Empowerment and Participatory Evaluation of Community Interventions addresses include: challenges faced by community-based organizations in conducting evaluations of their initiatives-and solutions to those challenges, including the creation and implementation of an appropriate outcomes model ways to build capacity for participatory evaluation within community initiatives ways to promote the success and accountability of community programs how collaborative process evaluation can improve HIV prevention services evaluation techniques that illustrate the benefits of a collaborative approach-with a case study of the Conflict Resolution in Schools Programs a pilot study in which empowerment evaluation principles are used to evaluate the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago's Youth Leadership Training Series (a program designed to train youth volunteers) P

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What People Are Saying

David Fetterman
CLEARLY PRESENTS MANY OF THE MULTI-LAYERED BENEFITS of emancipatory evaluative approaches today. . . . Captures much of the richness of empowerment and participatory evaluation's contribution to the field and the real world. The contributors highlight the significance of capacity building, communication, collaboration, cultural relevance, and program success. They balance this portrayal with case examples demonstrating the role of accountability, outcomes, and results.”
Gary Kielhofner
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for anyone involved in the creation, delivery, and development of community programs. This innovative text focuses on the concepts, processes, challenges, and benefits of participatory evaluation of community-based interventions. . . . A RICH ARRAY OF CONCEPTS AND CONCRETE STRATEGIES. . . . This book strikes the right balance between a sound conceptual approach and practical illustrations of empowerment evaluation concepts.”
DrPH, OTR, FAOTA, Professor and Head, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
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Table of Contents


  • Community-Based Approaches to Empowerment and Participatory Evaluation
  • Implementing an Outcomes Model in the Participatory Evaluation of Community Initiatives
  • Building Capacity for Participatory Evaluation Within Community Initiatives
  • Promoting Program Success and Fulfilling Accountability Requirements in a Statewide Community-Based Initiative: Challenges, Progress, and Lessons Learned
  • Collaborative Process Evaluation: Enhancing Community Relevance and Cultural Appropriateness in HIV Prevention
  • Collaborative Program Development and Evaluation: A Case Study in Conflict Resolution Education
  • Empowerment Evaluation of a Youth Leadership Training Program
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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