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

Chapter 14: The Plan Quality Index: An Empowerment Evaluation Tool for Measuring and Improving the Quality of Plans

The Plan Quality Index: An Empowerment Evaluation Tool for Measuring and Improving the Quality of Plans

The plan quality index: An empowerment evaluation tool for measuring and improving the quality of plans
Frances DunnButterfoss, Robert M.Goodman, AbrahamWandersman, Robert F.Valois, Matthew J.Chinman

This chapter focuses on the work of an evaluation team that collaborated with three community coalitions for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse prevention to develop, test, and implement an empowerment evaluation method. What began as an external research evaluation project eventually incorporated the main tenets of empowerment evaluation (Fetterman, 1994a, 1994b, 1995). These included collaboration among coalition members, staff, and evaluators; improvement of the coalition and its plan of action; flexibility in solving problems and trying new approaches; and the use of both quantitative

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