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

Building Community Capacity with Evaluation Activities That Empower

Building community capacity with evaluation activities that empower
Steven E.Mayer

At Rainbow Research, we didn't start off doing “empowerment evaluation.” Instead, we came to it after discovering that evaluation done in the traditional style did not have the impact we hoped our evaluations would have.

Our purpose as a nonprofit organization is “to assist socially concerned communities and organizations in responding more effectively to social problems.” Already one can see an activist bias: We hope our findings are to be acted upon in ways that improve community viability and vitality.

The projects we choose to evaluate are those that have a purpose of “building community capacity.” To us, community capacity is “the sum total of commitment, resources, and skills that a ...

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