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Empowerment Evaluation – Tuesday & Thursday February 21 & 23 Online Webinar-based eStudy from the American Evaluation Association

Dates: Tuesday & Thursday February 21 & 23, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM Eastern Time. For one registration fee, participants may attend 1 or both sessions.

Length: 3 contact hours

Last day to register Tuesday February 14, 2012

Description: Empowerment evaluation builds program capacity, fosters program improvement, and produces outcomes. It is used throughout the world, ranging from Australia to Japan and Brazil to New Zealand. Empowerment evaluation teaches people how to help themselves by learning how to evaluate their own programs. 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. In addition, empowerment evaluation produces both a learning organization and measurable outcomes. This eStudy will introduce you to the steps of empowerment evaluation and tools to facilitate the approach.

This eStudy will occur in two 90-minute sessions and will include preparation assignments and materials sent before, between, and after the sessions.

Day 1 – This session will cover principles guiding empowerment evaluation, such as improvement, capacity building, and accountability. The session will also briefly discuss theories, such as process use and theories of use and action. Concepts covered will include: critical friend, cycles of reflection and action, and a community of learners. This session will also present the steps to plan and conduct an empowerment evaluation, including: 1) establishing a mission or unifying purpose for a group or program; 2) taking stock – creating a baseline to measure future growth and improvement; and 3) planning for the future – establishing goals and strategies to achieve objectives, as well as credible evidence to monitor change.

Day 2 – This session will highlight the use of basic self-monitoring tools such as establishing a baseline, creating goals, specifying benchmarks, and comparing goals and benchmarks with actual performance. In addition, this session will respond to critiques in the literature. The session will also cover how to select appropriate user-friendly technological tools to facilitate an empowerment evaluation, aligned with empowerment evaluation principles. Although questions will be entertained throughout the two sessions, this session will conclude with a formal question and answer period focusing on questions such as: when it is most appropriate to use an empowerment evaluation approach, common challenges, and effective techniques to implement high quality empowerment evaluations.

Presenter: David Fetterman is president and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He has 25 years’ experience at Stanford University in administration, the School of Education, and the School of Medicine. He is the founder of empowerment evaluation and the author of over 10 books including Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice (Guilford) with his collaborator Abraham Wandersman. He is a past-president of the American Evaluation Association and co-Chairs the Collaborative, Participatory and Empowerment Evaluation AEA Topical Interest Group. He is a highly experienced and sought after speaker, facilitator, and evaluator.

Register: https://www.eval.org/webinar_reg/Registrationtop.asp ($75 full members, $40 student members, $100 nonmembers, $55 student nonmembers)


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