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 State Government: Moving from Resistance to Adoption

Empowerment Evaluation and State Government: Moving from Resistance to Adoption

Empowerment evaluation and state government: Moving from resistance to adoption

This is not your “normal” case study.

True, it is a description and analysis of two empowerment evaluation contexts. But their unfolding paralleled and even precipitated a personal odyssey of empowerment. Not only do those connected with a specific program undergo a metamorphosis during an empowerment evaluation effort, the evaluator herself can experience illumination and liberation, becoming an advocate not only for program stakeholders but for the centrality and universality of continuous self-evaluation. Such was my experience.

The Auditor

The context of my work differs from other work described in this volume. I have been an auditor with the Texas Office of the State Auditor. This means that our ...

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