Claremont Evaluation Center: Empowerment Evaluation Workshop

Claremont Graduate University | Claremont Evaluation Center
Online Professional Development Workshop

Empowerment Evaluation 

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David M. Fetterman

Friday August 14, 2020

Registration is now open for an Empowerment Evaluation Workshop taking place this summer as part of the acclaimed Claremont Evaluation Centers Professional Development Workshop seriesEmpowerment evaluation is a stakeholder involvement approach to evaluation. It is aimed at learning and improvement. It helps people learn how to help themselves and become more self-determined, by learning how to monitor and evaluate their own programs and initiatives. Key concepts include: a critical friend (evaluator helping to guide their evaluation), cycles of reflection and action, and a community of learners. Principles guiding empowerment evaluation range from improvement to capacity building and accountability. The basic steps of empowerment evaluation include: 1) establishing a mission or unifying purpose; 2) taking stock – a baseline self-assessment designed to help measure growth and improvement; and 3) planning for the future – establishing goals and strategies to achieve objectives (based on their self-assessment), as well as credible evidence to monitor change. An evaluation dashboard is used to compare actual performance with quarterly milestones and annual goals. The role of the evaluator is that of a coach or facilitator in an empowerment evaluation, since the group is in charge of the evaluation itself. The workshop will highlight how empowerment evaluation produces measurable outcomes with case examples ranging from high tech companies such as Google and Hewlett-Packard to work in rural Arkansas and squatter settlements in South Africa. The workshop will introduce participants to the theory, concepts, principles, and steps of empowerment evaluation as well as the technological tools to facilitate the approach.

To see the complete program including the daily schedule and all workshop course descriptions please click here: 

There is limited enrollment so please register ASAP on a first come, first served basis using the link below: 

For any further questions, please contact Jessica Renger ( for more details. 
Division of Behavioral & Organizational Sciences


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