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

Fairness, Liberty, and Empowerment Evaluation

Fairness, liberty, and empowerment evaluation
Dennis E.Mithaug

Empowerment evaluation applies to individuals, organizations, and societies or cultures (Fetterman, Chapter 1, this volume). The purpose of empowerment evaluation on the individual level of analysis is individual self-improvement through methods that compare Person with herself in attempts to improve Person's capacity to fulfill her mission in life in ways that are consistent with her needs, interests, and abilities.

At the organizational level, empowerment evaluation is a powerful tool that helps participants in an organization connect their needs, interests, and abilities with the means and ends that define the organization's activities and purpose. The purpose of empowerment, on this level of analysis, is organizational self-improvement through methods that compare the organization with itself in an effort ...

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