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Facilitating Evaluation

Facilitating Evaluation
Principles in Practice

January 2018 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Michael Quinn Patton’s Facilitating Evaluation: Principles in Practice 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.


“A must-read for anyone considering a high-impact evaluation!”


–Margaret Lombe, Boston College

Volume Editors’ Introduction
About the Author
Context: My Facilitation Experience and Perspective  
What Facilitators Do  
What Is Evaluation?  
Chapter 1. The Niche of Evaluation Facilitation
Facilitating the What Is Evaluation Task Force  
The Results of Facilitation  
Facilitation as White-Water Navigating  
Evaluation Facilitation as a Distinct Form of Facilitation  
Facilitation Lessons  
Ten Resources for Explaining and Getting Started in Evaluation  
Chapter 2. Facilitating Evaluation to Enhance Use
Evaluation Facilitation  
Evaluation Facilitation Scenarios  
Variations in the Need for Facilitation  
Being Active, Reactive, Interactive, and Adaptive  
Facilitation Lessons  
Facilitation Resources for Skill Assessment and Development  
Chapter 3. The Overarching Principle of Evaluation Facilitation: Be Utilization-Focused
Why Use Principles-Focused Evaluation Facilitation  
GUIDE Dimensions of the Utilization-Focused Principle  
Facilitation Lessons  
Additional Resources  
Quick Review  
Overarching Versus Operating Principles  
The Evaluation Facilitation Brittle Star  
Chapter 4. Be Guided by the Personal Factor: The First Operating Principle
The Personal Factor  
GUIDE Dimensions of the Personal Factor Principle  
Effective Practices for Facilitating Evaluation  
Facilitation Lessons  
Resources for Applying the Personal Factor Principle  
Chapter 5. Engage Through Options: The Second Operating Principle
Research on Deciding Among Options  
What Makes Evaluation Decision Making Challenging for Stakeholders  
Myriad of Choices  
GUIDE Dimensions of the Engage Through Options Principle  
Facilitation Lessons  
Tools and Resources for Facilitating Engagement With Options  
Chapter 6. Observe, Interpret, and Adapt: The Third Operating Principle
Adopting an Observation Mindset  
Adapting in Real Time  
Adaptive Action as a Framework for Evaluation Facilitation  
GUIDE Criteria for the Observe, Interpret, Adapt Principle  
Facilitation Lessons  
Resources to Support Observation, Interpretation, and Adaptation  
Chapter 7. Embed Evaluative Thinking Throughout: The Fourth Operating Principle
Evaluative Thinking  
GUIDE Criteria for the Evaluative Thinking Principle  
Facilitation Lessons  
Additional Resources to Support Facilitating Evaluative Thinking  
Chapter 8. Invigorate With Leading-Edge Inputs: The Fifth Operating Principle
Facilitating at the Leading Edge  
GUIDE Criteria for the Leading-Edge Principle  
Leading-Edge Tools and Resources  
Chapter 9. Principles-Focused Evaluation Facilitation: Conclusion and a Look Forward
Central Theme of the Book  
Integrating the Principles  
Integrating Principles in Practice  
Situation Recognition and Evaluation Facilitation  
Graphic Recording for Evaluation Facilitation  
Some Issues Not Addressed in This Book  
The Future of Evaluation Facilitation  
Final Offering of Resources to Expand Your Evaluation Facilitation Horizons  
Other Frameworks for Evaluation Facilitation  

“A must-read for anyone considering a high-impact evaluation!”

Margaret Lombe
Boston College

“The lessons of this book will make a big difference in the way we think about evaluation processes and problem solving.”

Chris Stream
University of Las Vegas-Nevada

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Chapter 2: Facilitating Evaluation to Enhance Use

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ISBN: 9781506347615