The Minnesota Evaluation Association and the McKnight Foundation are co-hosting a reception to celebrate the launch of two books (Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE and Facilitating Evaluation) authored by Michael Quinn Patton. This is a great opportunity to hear from the author, connect directly with him and network with other evaluators and evaluation advocates.
[Use the links above to buy a discounted copy and bring it to the event for signing!]
When: Monday, October 23, 4:30-6:30 pm
Where: McKnight Foundation, 710 S 2nd St #400, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE
How can programs and organizations ensure they are adhering to core principles—and assess whether doing so is yielding desired results? From evaluation pioneer Michael Quinn Patton, this book introduces the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach and demonstrates its relevance and application in a range of settings. Patton explains why principles matter for program development and evaluation and how they can serve as a rudder to navigate the uncertainties, turbulence, and emergent challenges of complex dynamic environments. In-depth exemplars illustrate how the unique GUIDE framework is used to determine whether principles provide meaningful guidance (G) and are useful (U), inspiring (I), developmentally adaptable (D), and evaluable (E). User-friendly features include rubrics, a P-FE checklist, firsthand reflections and examples from experienced P-FE practitioners, sidebars and summary tables, and end-of-chapter application exercises.
Facilitating Evaluation: Principles in Practice
[This] is the first book of its kind to explain in depth and detail how to facilitate evaluation processes with stakeholders. Using the author’s own stories of his experiences as an evaluation facilitator, the book illustrates the five evaluation facilitation principles that are the organizing framework for addressing how to work with stakeholders to generate evaluation questions, make decisions among methods, interpret findings, and participate in all aspects of evaluation. Ultimately, this book will help readers perform facilitation to enhance the relevance, credibility, meaningfulness, and utility of evaluations.