Tuesday, November 24, 2015

21st Anniversary of Empowerment Evaluation Celebration

American Evaluation Association Celebration of Empowerment Evaluation

The 21st anniversary of empowerment evaluation celebration was held at the American Evaluation Association professional meeting in Chicago, IL., November 2015.  

Right to Left: David Fetterman, Stewart Donaldson, Abraham Wandersman, Marvin Alkin, and Michael Scriven.  (Michael Patton was available by video.)

Luminaries in the field complemented and critiqued the approach, including Michael Scriven, Michael Patton, Marv Alkin, and Stewart Donaldson. 

Michael Scriven

Michael Patton 
(His comments were taped due to a schedule conflict.
They are available on YouTube 

Marv Alkin

Stewart Donaldson

David Fetterman & Abraham Wandersman highlighted case examples and fielded questions. 

David Fetterman
(speaking at the podium)

Abraham Wandersman

It was quite an intellectual celebration. The room was packed - colleagues lined the walls, filled the aisles, and our colleagues even spilled out into the hallway.

The atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation.  The comments were primarily complementary and constructive.  However, the session would not have been authentic without the normal academic critique.  

We took copious notes, as usual, and plan to continue to refine and improve our work.  Many thanks for the celebratory comments and critiques.  

Happy 21st anniversary empowerment evaluation.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Road Maps

Road Maps:  Are We There Yet?

Using Road Maps as a Tool for Participatory Community Engagement

Every time a community engagement process is launched, community members want to know and understand the purpose and outcomes. More importantly is the fact that everyone involved deserves to know this information at the very start.

To answer this question, our organization Communities in Collaboration | Comunidades en ColaboraciĆ³n has developed what we call a Road Map. This simple visual tool quickly illustrates the steps in any process that we are proposing. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a 2-year process, or a 2-month process; any process can be boiled down to three or four major stages.

At the beginning of the process, our Road Maps help people build shared expectations about what the steps, goals, and outcomes will be. The Road Map helps us stay oriented toward those goals and outcomes. And when we come to the end, it reminds us of the major steps we’ve taken. At any point, it truly acts as a map – when we ask “where are we and how did we get here?” the Road Map is there to guide us.

For more information about Road Maps and the example of a recent project above contact: Susana Morales Konishi at Communities in Collaboration.