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

Empowerment Evaluation and Accelerated Schools

Empowerment evaluation and accelerated schools
Henry M.Levin

David Fetterman (1994) has defined empowerment evaluation as “the use of evaluation concepts and techniques to foster self-determination” (p. 1). This definition is compelling and parsimonious. Much of the evaluation literature focuses on the construction and use of evaluations by those who govern the lives of others. When the state sets out a testing program for schools, it defines what is to be evaluated and how it is to be evaluated. Even if it shares the data with schools, it has not sought their participation in defining what is to be evaluated, how it is to be evaluated, and the best form for reporting results that will foster good decision making. Embedded in Fetterman's definition ...

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