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Dear Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation (CP&E) TIG members,
We have a brief newsletter for you to review in preparation for the annual meeting. We hope you find it useful and look forward to seeing you there.
Annual Meeting 2013
Our next annual meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. in just a few weeks.
CP&E Business Meeting
You are cordially invited to attend our annual business meeting. It will not be a boring business meeting. It will be a productive and interactive event. The exercise will help us move the field to the next level.
The purpose of this panel is to further define the critical features of collaborative, participatory, and empowerment evaluation. This will enhance the accuracy of our discourse, refine our understanding of each approach, and help practitioners select the most appropriate approach for the task at hand.
The first half of this panel will highlight critical differences between three stakeholder involved approaches: collaborative (Rodriguez-Campos, 2013; O'Sullivan, 2004), participatory (Zukowski and Luluqisen, 2011), and empowerment evaluation (Fetterman and Wandersman, 2005; Fetterman, 2013), focusing on stakeholder selection for participation, control of the evaluation, and depth of participation (Cousins and Whitmore, 1998).
The second half of the panel will focus on underlying similarities across approaches, such as: stakeholder involvement, inclusion, respect for local or community knowledge, capacity building, evaluation use and influence, organizational learning, and sustainability.
The first half of the session will consist of brief presentations and the second half of the session will actively solicit audience participation to help identify similarities across approaches.
It will be held on: Thursday, Oct 17, 6:10 PM to 7:00 PM
Food will follow the “business meeting”.
In additon, be sure to come to the "Meet the Authors" event on Wednesday, October 16, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. You will meet some very friendly and knowledable colleagues.
Searching for Sessions
To find a complete listing of CP&E sessions, go to the AEA web site. Then:
1. Select “Searchable Conference Program” on the front page
2. Next select “Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation” as the “Sponsoring Group or TIG”
You will find the first session on Wednesday, October 24th at 4:30:
CPE has hosted week-long AEA 365 blogs for three years in a row. They provide very useful information and advice.
Contributors have included: Liliana Rodriguez-Campos, Abraham Wandersman, Ann Zukoski, Wayne Miller, Linda Delaney, Beverly Tremain, and David Fetterman. Additional contributes included: Jose Maria Diaz Puente, Oscar Luis Figueroa Rodriguez, and Nan Wehipeihana.
The American Evaluation Association’s Topical Interest Group, Data Visualization and Reporting (DVR TIG) ignited the annual meeting, with the introduction of “Ignite” lectures, with the facilitation assistance of John Nash and Stephanie Evergreen.
These are presentation using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. For an example see David Fetterman's YouTube posting of an Ignite lecture at David’s Ignite lecture.
We encourage other members of the CPE TIG to participate in the Ignite Lecture series and at minimum to attempt to present your topic in the same format to further refine your presentation and crystallize your thinking.
For more information on the slide clinic to help you prepare an Ignite lecture, contact Stephanie Evergreen at email@example.com
“Coffee Break” webinars
The CP&E TIG has a series of “Coffee Break” sessions posted in the AEA online library. They are approximately 20 minutes of presentation and 20 minutes of Q & A. They are free and open to the public. Just do a search on the topic or on the TIG name to find useful information and tips.
AEA offers the eStudy learning opportunity. It is an expanded version of the “Coffee Break” webinar. It typically lasts 3 to 6 hours over a few days. You can learn about a specific approach, method, or technique in the leisure of your own office, home, or favorite coffee, tea, or chai shop.
Past eStudy workshop facilitators include: Michael Patton. David Fetterman, and Tom Chapel.
Go to the AEA web site to get more information about the eStudy Workshops and register for a session. It is at: http://comm.eval.org/coffee_break_webinars/eStudy/
Go to the AEA web site to get more information about the eStudy Workshops and register for a session or two.
New Empowerment Evaluation Book
David Fetterman is the author of Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice, published by Stanford University Press.
The book documents a large-scale comprehensive community initiative designed to bridge the digital divide in communities of color. Empowerment evaluation was the engine guiding the initiative. (A racing metaphor was used throughout the book to emphasize the pace required to respond to issues of social justice.)
David has been interviewed by radio hosts about the book. For a sample of the interviews listen to the podcasts and recordings.
Recent Collaborative Evaluation Book
Liliana Rodriguez-Campos and Rigoberto Rincones-Gómez have a new collaborative evaluation book titled:
Collaborative Evaluations Step-by-Step, Second Edition, by Stanford University Press.
Another Recent Collaborative Evaluation Book
Rita O’Sullivan recently published Practicing Evaluation: A Collaborative Approach, Sage Publications.
Recent Participatory Evaluation Book
J. Bradley Cousins and Jill Anne Chouinard are authors ofParticipatory Evaluation Up Close: An Integration of Research-Based Knowledge, a new book by Information Age Publishing.
New Empowerment Evaluation Book in the Works
David Fetterman and Abraham Wandersman are working on the Next Edition of Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment and Accountability.
Empowerment evaluation was introduced to the field of evaluation almost 20 years ago. The first book Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment and Accountability was published in 1996. Since then hundreds of projects, tens of articles, and 3 books have been published on the topic, includingFoundations of Empowerment Evaluation and Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice.
The amount of work that has been produced since its inception suggested that a new edition was merited. In additionm, critiques have helped to enhance the conceptual and methodological clarity of the approach.
The new title will add the word capacity building to the title to reflect an important thread throughout empowerment evaluation work.
Recent Capacity Building Articles
Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar and Tina Taylor-Ritzler (2013). Moving
From Science to Practice in Evaluation Capacity Building.
American Journal of Evaluation, 1098214013499440, first published on August 15, 2013
Abraham Wandersman (2013). Getting to Outcomes: An Evaluation Capacity Building Example of Rationale, Science, and Practice. American Journal of Evaluation,
1098214013500705, first published on August 30, 2013
Dr. Abraham Wandersman
Susan N. Labin, Jennifer L. Duffy, Duncan C. Meyers, Abraham Wandersman and Catherine A. Lesesne (2012). A Research Synthesis of the Evaluation Capacity Building Literature. American Journal of Evaluation. September 2012; vol. 33, 3:pp. 307-338., first published on January 27, 2012
Empowerment Evaluation. Go to Wikipedia and type in Empowerment Evaluation to read about the approach in this online community-based encyclopedia. Comments and contributions are welcome for continual refinement.
Additional CP&E Web Resources
I have listed a few additional CP&E web resources below:
Facebook (go to Facebook and type in Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation)
CP&E Web Page: http://www.davidfetterman.com/empowermentevaluation.htm
If you are conducting an empowerment evaluation please send a digital picture (jpg) and brief paragraph about it so we can post it on the blog. Email Dr. David Fetterman at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Search for Collaborative Evaluation, Participatory Evaluation, and Empowerment Evaluation.)
Claremont Graduate University Virtual Library
Empowerment Evaluation Debate: David Fetterman, Michael Patton, and Michael Scriven engaged in a lively debate about empowerment evaluation. (Stewart Donaldson, to the far right, facilitated the debate.)
Evaluation Roots: Tracing Theorists Views and Influences. Marvin Alkin. (The second edition.)
What Counts as Credible Evidence in Applied Research and Evaluation Practice. Stewart Donaldson, Christina Christie, and Melvin Mark.
Manual & Book
CDC Empowerment Evaluator Hiring Manual,
Evaluation for Improvement: A Seven-Step Empowerment Evaluation Approach is a Center for Disease Control and Prevention manual, written by Pamela J. Cox, PhD, Dana Keener, PhD, Tiffanee L. Woodard, MFT, and Abraham H. Wandersman, PhD.
It is designed to help violence prevention organizations hire an empowerment evaluator who will assist them in building their evaluation capacity through a learn-by-doing process of evaluating their own strategies. It is for state and local leaders and staff members of organizations, coalitions, government agencies, and/or partnerships working to prevent violence. Some parts of the manual may also be useful to empowerment evaluators who work with these organizations. To download the manual see: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pub/evaluation_improvement.html
Ethnography: Step by Step. Professor David Fetterman’s 3rd edition of his popular qualitative methods book Ethnography: Step by Step. It is use both in the classroom and in empowerment evaluations throughout the world. Be sure to notice the wilderness cover which matches the hiking motif throughout the book. Finally you can judge a book by its cover.
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IN THIS ISSUE
AEA CP&E Annual Meeting Reminder
CP&E - Business Meeting
Searching for Sessions & Workshops
CP&E Facebook (place to post our exchanges)
CP&E AEA 365 Blogs
New Empowerment Evaluation Book
Recent Collaborative Evaluation Book I
Recent Collaborative Evaluation Book II
Recent Participatory Evaluation Book
New Empowerment Evaluation Books in the Works
Additional CP&E Web Resources
CP&E TIG CO-CHAIRS
Dr. David Fetterman
Fetterman & Associates
5032 Durban Court
San Jose, CA 95138
Dr. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos
Department of Educational Measurement and Research