Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation: 

Stakeholder Involvement Approaches

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Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation: Stakeholder Involvement Approaches

David Fetterman, Liliana Rodríguez-Campos, Ann Zukoski, and Contributors

Guilford Press

This book is the culmination of almost a decade of work by members of the American Evaluation Association’s Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group.

The collection includes the essentials of each approach and case examples ranging from Google applications to sex education.

It also highlights principles in common.  

According to Lois-ellin Datta: “Beautifully explanatory, memorably demonstrated! The authors emphasize understanding in order to select the most appropriate stakeholder approaches for the situation at hand. Far from claiming the exclusive benefits of any single approach, the book is infused with the spirit of working together… I wish I could gift-wrap this book and send it express to evaluation practitioners in fields from agronomy to zoology."

Other colleagues have also praised the collective contributions represented by this book.  For example:

Collaborative, participatory, and empowerment evaluation are at the heart of perhaps the most significant paradigm shift in evaluation over the past 20 years. These overlapping models share a vision for democratized evaluation practice, whereby program implementers and other stakeholders have a place around the table. This explains their popularity and the high level of interest among evaluators. By connecting theory (the essentials) and practice (via two case examples for each approach), and by emphasizing both the similarities and differences among the three approaches, this book will no doubt become a go-to source.”

—Thomas Archibald, PhD, Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, Virginia Tech

The authors provide a robust overview of the three models of stakeholder involvement. Offering a thoughtful and informed perspective, this book is a welcome addition to an evolving field. It will advance evaluator expertise as well as stakeholder participation, evaluation capacity, and use of findings. Side-by-side case studies demonstrate the flexibility of the three models under different evaluation scenarios while guiding evaluators on the practical aspects of incorporating stakeholder involvement in their designs.”

—Annette L. Gardner, PhD, MPH, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco