New Empowerment Evaluation Book is Out - 21st Anniversary

New Empowerment Evaluation Book is Out!

Our new empowerment evaluation marks the 21st anniversary of the approach.  It is:  Fetterman, D.M., Kaftarian, S., and Wandersman, A. (2014).  Empowerment Evaluation:  Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


It was was first introduced to the field during Dr. Fetterman's American Evaluation Association presidential address.

We have published a number of books in between our first book on the topic and this second edition, including:

Fetterman, D.M. (2001).  Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. and Wandersman, A. (2005).  Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice.  New York: Guilford Publications.

We have also published a number of articles and blog postings on the topic as well, including:


Wikipedia (search for empowerment evaluation)

Blog Postings

Ignite Lecture (5 minutes)

We have also had a ton of radio interviews about the approach.

However, this is the 2nd edition of the very first publication:  Fetterman, D.M., Kaftarian, S., and Wandersman, A. (1996).  Empowerment Evaluation:  Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, and Accountability. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

It is a completely new book including a consolidated view of the theories, concepts, and steps associated with this approach.  It has all new case examples, including efforts to bridge the digital divide in communities of color, a 10-year tobacco prevention empowerment evaluation, 4th and 5th graders conducting empowerment evaluations, teachers conducting empowerment evaluations, foundations applying the approach, and rural women in Peru using the approach to refine their crafts and sell them on the Internet (cutting out the middle person who ate up their profits).


Stewart I. Donaldson - Dean, Claremont Graduate University:  "One of the greatest evaluation innovations of the past two decades has been the development of a professional and systematic approach to self-evaluation called empowerment evaluation.  This book offers you the latest, cutting-edge understanding of this powerful innovation and evaluation approach.  May you be inspired and empowered as you adventure through the chapters in this outstanding volume!"


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