Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Claremont Evaluation Center: Empowerment Evaluation Workshop

Claremont Graduate University | Claremont Evaluation Center
Online Professional Development Workshop

Empowerment Evaluation 

headshot of David Fetterman

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

Addiction Studies Program Uses Empowerment Evaluation

Empowerment Evaluation:  Addiction Studies Program

Graduate Addiction Studies Program at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff is increasing 
the number and diversity of substance use prevention and treatment professionals. They are using empowerment evaluation to monitor their performance and accomplish their goals. Their annual evaluation report was issued this week. For more details contact: Cynthia Troutman, Ph.D., CRC, Interim Program Director, Graduate Addiction Studies Program

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Unpacking a Social Change Board Game Dealing with Sexual Violence Prevention: Empowerment and Participatory Evaluation

Choices:  A Social Change Board Game 
Dealing With Sexual Violence Prevention

Choices is the name of a social change board game dealing with sexual violence.  The participatory and collaborative practices that went into developing this game are described by Dr. Maritza Concha, Lecturer at the University of Central Florida and President of Covian Consulting, Dr. Maria Elena Villar, Associate Professor at Florida International University and Vice President of Covian Consulting, and Samantha Ford, junior evaluator and project coordinator at Covian Consulting

Participatory and Collaborative Practices

Recently, we have seen the emergence of social change games as comprehensive induction tools for intervening on critical issues. Social change games facilitate persuasive processes through 

(1) creating scenarios that are fictional yet probable
(2) being structured around specific goals 
(3) benefit from increased interactivity (i.e., providing immediate feedback). 

In April 2019 we were awarded the Innovation Grant by The Children’s Trust to form a partnership with local service providers in Homestead, Florida with a goal to increase reporting of youth sexual violence from the bystander perspective by creating an immersive, relatable social change board game. 

To ensure that our board game was relevant to youth in Homestead, service providers recruited youth they worked with to develop the game with us. Twelve youth between the ages of 14 and 18 collaborated with our consultants and service providers over 10 development meetings. 

They were trained in interviewing tactics and went out into their community to gather stories about their peers’ experiences with sexual violence.  Trainings were also conducted to familiarize youth with different aspects of board games, including specific considerations for social change board games. 

When it comes to developing a project around a sensitive topic such as sexual violence, particularly when youth are involved, there were several steps we took. 

First, we made an effort to create a trusting environment for youth and service providers present during these meetings. By engaging in some fun icebreakers, we encouraged members of our partnership to get to know one another and feel comfortable sharing. 

Second, we encouraged youth to lead the conversations during meetings, emphasizing their expertise. The board game presents players with scenarios that put them in the shoes of a bystander. Each game will last about 25 minutes and will be facilitated by a trained professional to encourage a conscious conversation about youth sexual violence among players. 

After pilot testing in April and May and final adjustments, the board game will be provided free of charge to service providers in Homestead to educate the community about youth sexual violence. Preliminary evaluation of CHO!CES shows the game to be a promising practice in sexual violence interventions. 

If you have any questions about this initiative, you can contact Dr. Maritza Concha at