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Principles-Focused Evaluation with Michael Quinn Patton

November 09, 2016

SFU Centre for Dialogue’s Civic Engage program is co-hosting two upcoming events with renowned evaluation thought leader Michael Quinn Patton:


Skillful Engagement Series—Evaluating Engagement: Exploring Principles-Focused Evaluation

November 9th, 2016
1:00 PM–4:00 PM, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hasting St, Vancouver, BC)

Engagement practitioners are invited to join us for an afternoon workshop with world-renowned author, evaluation consultant and thought leader Michael Quinn Patton to hear insights from his most recent work on Principles-Focused Evaluation. This interactive session will include a series of activities on applying a principles-focused evaluation lens to participants’ engagement work.

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Principles-Focused Evaluation—An Evening with Michael Quinn Patton

November 9th, 2016
7:00 PM, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue (580 W. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC)

We live in a rapidly changing world where traditional formative and summative evaluation techniques are no longer adequate for measuring the impact of complex and innovative programs and initiatives. Join us for an engaging evening to explore Michael Quinn Patton’s recent thinking on principles-based evaluation and how we can use principles to measure whether our work is leading to desired results.

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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.