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Monday, September 16 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Plenary 2: David Fetterman "Empowerment Evaluation: a powerful stakeholder involvement approach fit for the times"

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David Fetterman (President and CEO, Fetterman & Associates)

As we enter a new era of social consciousness, awareness, and transformation, empowerment evaluation provides a useful approach. Since it was first introduced twenty-six years ago, it has been the subject of critique from the likes of such theorists as Michael Scriven. But the approach has been used in over 16 countries around the world and in contexts as varied as Native American reservations, Google, smoking cessation initiatives, and fourth and five grade school inclusion programs. There is little doubt that it is “an approach that has literally altered the landscape of evaluation”.

Empowerment evaluation is a self-evaluation approach designed to help people help themselves. Community and program staff build evaluation capacity, by conducting their own evaluation with the guidance of empowerment evaluation coaches (or critical friends). This presentation will situate empowerment evaluation within the broader landscape of stakeholder involvement approaches and equip you with the guiding principles, key concepts and specific steps to apply the approach yourself.

It will leave you questioning the boundaries of evaluation and the role of the evaluator in the context of conversations about professionalization. In un-boxing evaluation, empowerment evaluation can open up tremendous potential. It shifts the playing field from one of exclusivity to inclusivity. It allows us to reach more people, to help more people think more evaluatively, and to improve their own lives.

Reflecting the openness to dialogue and reflective practice that is the hallmark of empowerment evaluation, this presentation will conclude with a Q&A session.

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David Fetterman

President & CEO, Fetterman & Associates
David Fetterman is President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He has 25 years of experience at Stanford University, serving as a School of Education faculty member, School of Medicine director of evaluation, and senior member of Stanford... Read More →


Monday September 16, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm AEST
Pyrmont Theatre
  Plenary
  • Modality Keynote address
  • Level All
  • about David Fetterman is President and CEO of Fetterman &amp; Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He has 25 years of experience at Stanford University, serving as a School of Education faculty member, School of Medicine director of evaluation, and senior member of Stanford administration. Fetterman concurrently serves as a faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute, &nbsp;the University of Charleston, and San Jose State University. &nbsp;He is also a co-director of the Arkansas Evaluation Center. Previously, Dr. Fetterman was a professor and research director at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and a senior associate at RMC Research Corporation.<br>David is a past president of the American Evaluation Association. He received both the Paul Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Evaluation Theory and the Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice. Fetterman also received the American Educational Research Association Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award and the Mensa Award for Research Excellence.<br><br>Fetterman is the founder of empowerment evaluation. He has published 17 books, including Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation: Stakeholder Involvement Approaches (with Rodríguez-Campos and Ann Zukoski), Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability (with Kaftarian and Wandersman), Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice, Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice (with Abraham Wandersman), Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation, and Ethnography: Step by Step.