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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Collaborative, Participatory & Empowerment Evaluation Newsletter VI - September 2013
AEA Annual Meeting
October 16-19, 2013
Washington, DC

2013 AEA Annual Meeting Information

Evaluation 2013

Meeting Week:              October 16-19 2013
Location:                        Washington, D.C.  

Check the AEA Home Page for Updates.

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.

It is titled:

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:

Scroll down the page and you will find the last session on Saturday, October 19th at 2:40.  It is titled:

Searching for Workshops

Similar to searching for sessions, just go to the front AEA web page and then:

1.     Select “Professional Development Workshops” and browse by time slot. 

Highlighted workshops of particular interest to CP&E members include:

  • Paricipatory Methods Oct 14-15
  • Developmental Evaluation Oct 14-15
  • Evaluation Capacity Building Oct 15
  • Empowerment Evaluation  Oct 16
  • Utilization-Focused Evaluation Oct 16
  • Designing an Action Learning Infrastructure Oct 16

There are many other workshops designed to help build evaluation capacity as well (before, during, and after the formal sessions).


EVALTALK is the AEA listserv to keep up-to-date, make inquiries, and contribute to your ongoing learning.

You can also use the empowerment listserv for more specialized postings and inquiries.  It is at:


The Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation TIG has shifted most of its postings and exchanges to Facebook.

Dr. Cindy Banyai is the web master for the page.  

Please contact her for any assistance you might need posting stories, events, and activities.

(To find our page, go to Facebook and type in Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation.  You can also copy and paste in the URL:

CP&E TIG AEA 365 Blogs

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.

Ignite Lectures

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

“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:

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-StepSecond 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 Evaluation1098214013499440first 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
1098214013500705first 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 2012vol. 333: pp. 307-338.first published on January 27, 2012

Highlighted and Popular

Cox PJ, Keener D, Woodard T, Wandersman A. (2009).  Evaluation for Improvement: A Seven Step Empowerment Evaluation Approach for Violence Prevention Organizations. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fetterman, D.M., Deitz, J., Gesundheit, N. (2010). Empowerment Evaluation: A Collaborative Approach to Evaluating and Transforming a Medical School CurriculumAcademic Medicine: May 2010 - Volume 85 - Issue 5 - pp 813-820

Fetterman, D.M., and Wandersman, A. (2007). Empowerment EvaluationYesterday, Today, and TomorrowAmerican Journal of Evaluation28, (2): 179-198

Rodrıguez-Campos, L. Advances in collaborative evaluation.Evaluation and Program Planning (2012), doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2011.12.006

Rodriguez-Campos, L. (2012).  Stakeholder involvement in evaluation:  Three decades of the American Journal of Evaluation.  Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, 8 (17), 57-59.


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:

Empowerment Evaluation Blog

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

CP&E Collaborative Web Page (Google sites):

AEA (CP&E) Web Site

AEA Resources

AEA365 A Tip a Day

Webinars (short coffee-break sessions)

The CP&E webinars have been recorded and archived. They can be accessed via the archive page at

(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.)

Empowerment Evaluations on YouTube

Highlighted Publications

D. Fetterman, D. and Wandersman, A ( 2007).  Empowerment Evaluation: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.  American Evaluation Association Newsletter, V 9, Issue 2.

Systems Framework for Dissemination and Implementation,AMERICAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGYVolume 41, Numbers 3-4, 171-181, DOI: 10.1007/s10464-008-9174-z (

Additional Books in the Field

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:

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. 


CPE members provide evaluation workshops at the AEA annual meetings. They also provide them throughout the world.

 Liliana Rodríguez-Campos providing an evaluation workshop in Costa Rica.

We look forward to seeing you in October at the AEA meetings in Washington, D.C

Best wishes,

David Fetterman, and Liliana Rodríguez-Campos, Co-Chairs of the Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation TIG


Dr. David Fetterman
Fetterman & Associates
5032 Durban Court
San Jose, CA  95138
(650) 269-5689


Dr. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos
Department of Educational Measurement and Research
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., EDU 162
Tampa, FL 33620-7750
Office: EDU 361
Phone: (813) 974-1163
Fax: (813) 974-4495

PS Webinars.  The CP&E webinars have been recorded and archived. They can be accessed via the archive page at

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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

Ignite Lectures

"Coffee Breaks"


 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



 Highlighted Publications


Dr. David Fetterman
Fetterman & Associates
5032 Durban Court
San Jose, CA 95138
(650) 269-5689

Dr. Liliana Rodríguez-Campos
Department of Educational Measurement and Research
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., EDU 162
Tampa, FL 33620-7750
Office: EDU 361
Phone: (813) 974-1163
Fax: (813) 974-4495

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