Empowerment Evaluation

Empowerment Evaluation is an approach which provides communities with the tools and knowledge that allows them to monitor and evaluate their own performance.  First developed by David Fetterman who describe it as “the use of evaluation concepts, techniques, and findings to foster improvement and self-determination.”


This key note speech from David Fetterman, given to the Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley, provides a number of case examples on the use of Empowerment Evaluation.



  • Empowerment Evaluation Blog: This blog, by Dr David Fetterman, provides a range of resources on empowerment evaluation theory and practice.  The blog includes links to videos, guides and relevant academic literature that provide a detailed analysis and discussion of using empowerment evaluation.



  • Taking Stock of Empowerment Evaluation: An Empirical Review: This article, written by Robin Lin Miller and Rebecca Campbell, examines 47 case studies of empowerment evaluation in order to assess their effectiveness in adhering to empowerment evaluation principles and in achieving outcomes that empower beneficiaries.



Fetterman, D. M. (1994). Steps of empowerment evaluation: From California to Cape Town. Evaluation and Program Planning17(3), 305–313. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0149718994900108


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