Monday, April 21, 2014

Google Glass and Empowerment Evaluation

Google Glass:  An Empowerment Evaluation Tool

Google Glass is a voice and gesture activated pair of glasses that lets you connect with the world through the internet. You can take a picture, record a video, send a message, listen to music, or make a telephone or video call – all hands free.

Google Glass has been a useful addition to the evaluation arsenal - especially empowerment evaluation. The American Evaluation Association requested a brief blog posting about our application of this novel and powerful new tool.

“Ok, glass.” That’s how you activate Google Glass. That's how the first blog began as well. The first posting was a slice of life in the day of an evaluator.

My second posting was more of a "how-to" posting - using Google Glass as an evaluation tool.

Community and Staff Members Use

The blog explained how youth (with parental permission) can wear the Glass to produce photovoice productions, sharing their pictures of their neighborhoods and videos of the activities. Their stories can be used as part of their self-assessment, gaining insight into their lives and potentially transforming their worlds.

Community and staff members can post their digital photographs (and videos) on a common server or blog while conducting their self-assessment with the blink of an eye. This ensures community access, a sense of immediacy, and transparency.

Community and staff members can use Google Hangout on Glass to communicate with each other about their ratings, preliminary findings, and plans for the future.

Evaluator Use

Evaluators can use it to communicate with colleagues on the fly, share data (including pictures and video) with team members, and conduct spontaneous videoconference team meetings. Note that everyone doesn’t need to have Glass, as Glass users can leverage its capabilities while connecting with others who are using Smartphones or computers.

Glass stamp dates photos, videos, and correspondence, ensuring historical accuracy.

Glass can be used as an effective “ice breaker” to gain access to a new group.

Evaluators can also solicit feedback from colleagues about their performance, with brief videos of their data collection and reporting behavior. There is a precedent for this type of critique – assessments of student teaching videos.

Glass can be used to provide “on the fly” professional development with streaming video of onsite demonstrations for colleagues working remotely.

In addition, Glass can help maximize evaluator’s multi-tasking behavior (when appropriate).

Tobacco Prevention Project

We introduced Google Glass to our empowerment evaluation colleagues in a tobacco prevention initiative. They embraced it. The group immediately recognized the potential for evaluation use. It was tremendous. The group could see how it could be used to document site visits, share preliminary findings, and even stream video for spontaneous training opportunities.

Contact me for additional information as an empowerment evaluator and Google Glass Explorer.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Survey

Evaluation Survey

Dear Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluators,

Please complete the CPE endorsed survey concerning:

1.  principles we hold in common
2.  tools we help others learn about to conduct evaluations and
3. tools we would like to learn more about for ourselves 

The survey was recommended by the membership at the last CPE Business MeetingIt is very short. The link to the CP&E survey is at:

Contact Dr. Fetterman if you have any questions or additional comments


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

Dr. David Fetterman
Fetterman & Associates
5032 Durban Court
San Jose, CA  95138


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

If you have already completed this survey - thank you.  We noticed many colleagues were not returning to their offices until April 7th - thus the second mailing today.

You are receiving this email because you are a member of the CPE.  If you would like to be removed from this TIG’s mailing list, please email Zachary Grays in the AEA office at

The CPE Survey is at: 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Empowerment Evaluation in Pakistan

Empowerment Evaluation in Pakistan:  Educational Leadership

The Pakistan Educational Leadership Project has involved educational leaders from all areas of Pakistan, in public and private sector schools and universities, in summer institutes in New Hampshire over a ten-year period. The inclusion of a special institute in 2007 dedicated to the design of an evaluation for this project engaged the participants in developing their own evaluation design, an example of empowerment evaluation in action

This resulted in having future participants create and implement Master Action Plans, and share their work with other educators in Pakistan. As the project concluded in 2014, the work has resulted in the establishment of a vibrant alumni network, which has attracted the support of the Ministry of Education for the sustainability of alumni coordination and continuing implementation of the individual Action Plans. Due to sharing in Pakistan by the project’s 200 participants, the project has touched over 100,000 educators, and the alumni are committed to carrying their work forward.

For further information contact Kathleen Norris:
Kathleen Norris, MFA, EdD, CASE
Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

Doctor of Education (EdD) Program Coordinator

Higher Education Programs (Advanced Graduate Studies)
Program Coordinator

Plymouth State University College of Graduate Studies
2nd Floor Highland Hall (Citizens Bank Building), Plymouth, NH