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Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry

Hallie Preskill, Anastasia (Tessie) Tzavaras Catsambas


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In today's world, evaluators must be flexible and responsive in order to best deal with the ever shifting environmental conditions that they face on the job. While the deficit-based approaches which have shaped evaluation practice over the years are important to master, a newer technique called Appreciative Inquiry offers evaluators an additional, viable lense through which to view their work. Appreciative Inquiry is the search for what aspects of an organization are effective and hold the key to innovation and growth. In this text, Hallie Preskill and Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas-who have integrated Appreciative Inquiry into their own practices-introduce readers to the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry and how it related to evaluation. Drawing on case examples, the text explains the way that this particular approach has been used to frame, design, and conduct evaluations in various sectors worldwide, and then goes on to teach audiences how to apply Appreciate Inquiry approaches to various aspects of their own evaluations. Moreover, the work instructs users on how to build evaluation capacity using Appreciative Inquiry. Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry is the perfect guide to this asset-based approach for consultants in non-profit, private, and government sectors, evaluators, and instructors alike. The text is particularly well suited for evaluation workshops and graduate courses which require students to practice evaluation. It is also an ideal supplement to the more general evaluation texts that are typically used in introductory program evaluation courses. Features and Benefits: Written in a clear and accessible style that appeals to those new to Appreciate Inquiry and Evaluation, as well as those who are familiar with one or both disciplines Comprised of numerous U.S.-based and international case examples that demonstrate the use of Appreciative Inquiry in evaluations Includes a matrix of cases to help us

Sage Publications, Inc, 9781412909518, 170pp.

Publication Date: June 21, 2006