Presenter: Michael Quinn Patton
Michael Quinn Patton is an independent organizational development and evaluation consultant. He is former president of the American Evaluation Association.
Michael is the author of five evaluation books including fourth editions of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008) and Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (2015). These books have been used in over 500 universities worldwide. He is also author of Creative Evaluation (1987), Practical Evaluation (1982) and Culture and Evaluation (1985). He has co-authored a book on the dynamics of social innovation with two Canadians drawing on complexity theory and systems thinking: Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed (Random House, 2006). That led to his book, Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use (Guilford Press, 2011). He also authored Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2012). His latest books are Developmental Evaluation Exemplars: Principles in Practice (2016) and Principles-Focused Evaluation (2016).
He has worked with organizations and programs at the international, national, state and local levels, and with philanthropic, not-for-profit, private sector and government programs. Michael is a generalist working across the full range of efforts at improving human effectiveness and results, including programs in leadership development, education, human services, the environment, public health, employment, agricultural extension, arts, criminal justice, poverty programs, transportation, diversity, managing for results, performance indicators, effective governance and futuring. He uses a variety of evaluation and research methods, with special focus on mixed-methods designs and analysis.