Empowerment evaluation - a method for using evaluation concepts, techniques and findings to foster improvement and self-determination - is the focus of this book. After an examination of the method as it has been adopted in academic and foundation settings, the book looks at the various contexts in which empowerment evaluation is conducted, ranging from resistant environments to responsive environments. Critical concerns in empowerment evaluation, such as the role of empowerment theory and multiple levels of empowerment from individual to societal, are then discussed. The book also provides tools and technical assistance needed to conduct empowerment evaluation. The concluding section of the book serves to strengthen the links between empow

Evaluation and Self-Direction in Community Prevention Coalitions

Evaluation and Self-Direction in Community Prevention Coalitions

Evaluation and self-direction in community prevention coalitions
John F.Stevenson, Roger E.Mitchell, PaulFlorin

For several years, the Community Research and Services Team has been evaluating community-level prevention programs in Rhode Island. In that context, we have employed a variety of methods intended to increase the control by local program participants over the community conditions that affect them. Over time, our experience has led to our own way of conceptualizing empowerment and integrating that objective with our evaluation work. In this chapter, we will provide a brief introduction to the specific context in which our ideas and methods have evolved; a discussion of some of the issues, benefits, and complications in linking conceptualizations of empowerment to program evaluation; some central examples of ...

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