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Facilitating Evaluation

Facilitating Evaluation
Principles in Practice

November 2017 | 328 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

Part A. The Roles and Responsibilities of the Evaluation Facilitator
Chapter 1. The Niche of Evaluation Facilitation
Chapter 2. Facilitating Evaluation to Enhance Use
Chapter 3. Principles-Focused Evaluation Facilitation: Being Utilization-Focused with the GUIDE Framework
Part B. Five Evaluation Facilitation Principles
Chapter 4. Be guided by the personal factor: The First Operating Principle
Chapter 5: Engage through options: The Second Operating Principle
Chapter 6: Observe, Interpret, and Adapt: The Third Operating Principle
Chapter 7: Embed Evaluative Thinking Throughout: The Fourth Operating Principle
Chapter 8: Invigorate with Leading-Edge Inputs: The Fifth Operating Principle
Chapter 9: Concluding chapter: Summary and Synthesis

“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
Key features


  • Facilitation principles are identified, explained, and illustrated providing guidance that applies to any evaluation context or purpose.
  • The GUIDE Framework provides 5 criteria for use of each principle in practice.
  • Between chapter "portages" offer diverse perspectives from expert evaluation facilitators.
  • End of chapter practice assignments, tools, and resources provide added exercises for students and those who want to do more.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 2: Facilitating Evaluation to Enhance Use

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ISBN: 9781506347615