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Empowerment evaluation is the use of evaluation concepts, techniques, and findings to foster improvement and self-determination. It is guided by a commitment to truth and honesty. It is designed to help people help themselves and improve their programs using a form of self-evaluation and reflection. Program participants—including clients, consumers, and staff members—conduct their own evaluations; an outside evaluator often serves as a coach or additional facilitator, depending on internal program capabilities. Internalizing and institutionalizing self-evaluation processes and practices can develop a dynamic and responsive approach to evaluation.

There are three steps involved in helping others learn to evaluate their own programs: (a) developing a mission, vision, or unifying purpose; (b) taking stock, or determining where the program stands, including strengths and weaknesses; and (c) planning for ...

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