Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monitor on Psychology. AEA's 2008 Outstanding Publication Award Winner Professor Abraham Wandersman was featured in the September issue of the American Psychological Association's journal Monitor on Psychology.

The article focuses on Getting to Outcomes. It is a guide that helps users bridge the gap from designing programs to designing programs that achieve their intended results.

The original GTO TR (101) is one of the most downloadable documents at RAND. In the 5 years since TR101 was published (2004-2008), TR101 was the 10th most downloaded PDF in all of RAND, 6th of all RAND domestic populations, and 1st in Health..

The article is titled: Achieving Better Outcomes. This psychologist is helping groups get the results they want via a process that promotes program accountability, specifically empowerment evaluation.

Source: Newsletter, American Evaluation Association, September 2008, Vol. 9, Issue, 9.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Empowerment Evaluation Debate: Drs. David Fetterman, Michael Patton, and Michael Scriven engaged in a lively debate about empowerment evaluation.

This was a powerful discussion about the promise and pitfalls of empowerment evaluation.

It was conducted face-to-face at Claremont Graduate University (see below).

In addition, it was broadcast throughout the world. Concurrently, he facilitated an empowerment evaluation workshop at Claremont. Here is a computer screen snapshot of Dr. Fetterman conducting the online version of his empowerment evaluation workshop.

The debate was intense, fast-moving, and civil (which was refreshing and productive). It was also recorded. You can view it by clicking here.

Dr. Fetterman also created a brief video as a tribute to empowerment evaluators working across the globe, from Australia to the United States. It is an iTunes slideshow or video. It can be downloaded by clicking here.

The slides he used as part of the introduction to the debate are also available here.