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 the W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Empowerment evaluation and the W. K. kellogg foundation
Ricardo A.Millett

The following chapter provides a brief historical overview of program evaluation at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. It traces the foundation's ongoing attempts to improve its approach to program evaluation in the philosophy and values of W. K. Kellogg himself. This philosophy guided him not only to place his trust, but to invest his fortune, “to help people help themselves.”

In the late 1980s, the foundation began a series of organization-wide activities to institutionalize program evaluation, based on Will Keith Kellogg's principles and values. The objective was to develop the means to use evaluation as a useful ally—not a painful process to be feared or mistrusted. This early planning included ...

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