Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment and Accountability

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This outstanding group of evaluators from academia, government, nonprofits, and foundations explores empowerment evaluation, a method for using evaluation concepts, techniques, and findings to foster improvement and self-determination.

Empowerment Evaluation begins with an in-depth examination of this type of evaluation as it has been adopted in academic and foundation settings. The book then focuses on the various contexts in which empowerment evaluation is conducted, ranging from resistant environments (in which significant effort is required to move from passive-compliance orientations) to responsive environments (that already have a tradition of self-determination and community organizing). Interesting highlights concerning the role empowerment evaluation has played in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' substance abuse prevention programs are detailed throughout the book. The contributors also provide down-to-earth tools and technical assistance needed to conduct empowerment evaluation. This volume concludes with themes that emerge from the chapters and recommendations concerning next steps. This serves to strengthen the links between empowerment evaluation and community capacity building.

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Contributors from academia, government, nonprofit organizations, and foundations explore this method for using evaluation concepts and techniques to foster improvement and self- determination. The method has been used in substance abuse prevention, accelerated schools, HIV prevention, crime prevention, welfare reform, battered women's shelters, agriculture and rural development, adult probation, teen pregnancy prevention, and other areas. Of interest to professional evaluators, facilitators, and advocates. Paper edition (unseen), $26.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761900245
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 10/25/1995
  • Pages: 424

Meet the Author

Dr. David M. Fetterman is President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He is concurrently the Director of the Arkansas Evaluation Center and a Professor of Education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. David works in the fields of educational evaluation, health care, policy analysis, and educational technology. He also specializes in ethnography and mixed methods. Stanford University Experience He has 25 years experience at Stanford University. He was the Director of Evaluation and the head of the Division of Evaluation in the School of Medicine at Stanford University. Previous to this position, he was the Director of Evaluation, Career Development, and Alumni Relations and a Consulting Professor of Education in the School of Education at Stanford University. For a decade he was the Director of the MA Policy Analysis and Evaluation Program in the School of Education. Previous to that position he served senior administration at Stanford University.

He is the author of a number of books including Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages (Stanford, 2012), Ethnography: Step-by-Step (SAGE, 2009), Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation (SAGE, 2000), and co-editor with Abraham Wandesman of Empowerment Evaluation: Principles in Practice (Guilford, 2004) and with Shakeh Kaftarian and Abraham Wandesman of Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment & Accountability (SAGE, 1996).

Shakeh Kaftarian Ph.D. is a research psychologist and Senior Advisor for Women’s Health and Gender Research at the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Abraham Wandersman (Ph.D Cornell University) is Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina, where he teaches environmental and ecological psychology, community psychology, and program evaluation.His research interests include citizen participation in community development and mental health, program evaluation and accountability, and prevention and health promotion. He is the co-author of a number ofhealth promotion reports for the RAND Corporation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is the author (with J. Dalton and M. Elias) of Community Psychology: Linking Individuals and Communities (Second Edition,Wadsworth, 2007), and editor (with David Fetterman and Shakeh Kaftarian) of Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment and Accountability (SAGE, 1996).

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW
Empowerment Evaluation - David M Fetterman
An Introduction to Theory and Practice
PART TWO: BREADTH AND SCOPE
Empowerment Evaluation and Accelerated Schools - Henry M Levin
Empowerment Evaluation and the W K Kellogg Foundation - Ricardo A Millett
PART THREE: CONTEXT
Empowerment Evaluation and State Government - Joyce Keller
Moving from Resistance to Adoption
The HIV Prevention Evaluation Initiative - Cynthia Gómez and Ellen Goldstein
A Model for Collaborative and Empowerment Evaluation
Empowerment Evaluation - Cheryl Grills et al
Building upon a Tradition of Activism in the African American Community
Realizing Participant Empowerment in the Evaluation of Nonprofit Women's Services Organizations - Arlene B Andrews
Notes from the Front Line
PART FOUR: THEORETICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL FRAMEWORKS
Empowering Community Health Initiatives through Evaluation - Stephen B Fawcett et al
Empowerment Evaluation at Federal and Local Levels - Robert K Yin, Shakeh J Kaftarian, and Nancy F Jacobs
Dealing with Quality
Evaluation and Self-Direction in Community Prevention Coalitions - John F Stevenson, Roger E Mitchell, and Paul Florin
Fairness, Liberty, and Empowerment Evaluation - Dennis E Mithaug
PART FIVE: WORKSHOPS, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND PRACTICE
Empowering Community Groups with Evaluation Skills - Jean Ann Linney and Abraham Wandersman
The Prevention Plus III Model
Participatory and Empowerment Evaluation - Margret A Dugan
Lessons Learned in Training and Technical Assistance
The Plan Quality Index - Frances D Butterfoss et al
An Empowerment Evaluation Tool for Measuring and Improving the Quality of Plans
Building Community Capacity with Evaluation Activities That Empower - Steven W Mayer
PART SIX: CONCLUSION
Conclusion - David M Fetterman
Reflections on Emergent Themes and the Next Steps

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