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Principles-Focused Evaluation Workshop

When: February 12, 2018 from 1pm to 4pm

Who: Everyone

Where: Virtual workshop via Gotomeeting

How much: 50$ for CES members who have registered for the ALE; 100$ for all other CES members

Instructor: Michael Quinn Patton

Note: Workshop instructions will be sent following registration.  

Principles-focused evaluation provides a customized approach for evaluating principles-based initiatives. Three core evaluation questions are:

  • To what extent are the principles meaningful and actionable by those to whom they are targeted?
  • If meaningful, to what extent are they adhered to?
  • If adhered to, what results from principles-based interventions?

Thus, Principles-Focused Evaluation treats principles as the object of evaluation (the evaluand) and designs an evaluation to assess both implementation and consequences of principles-based change efforts.

Participants in the workshop will learn:

  • What principles-focused evaluation is and when is it particularly appropriate
  • The GUIDE framework for conceptualizing principles
  • How principles-focused evaluation relates to developmental evaluation and utilization-focused evaluation
  • Methods for conducting principles-focused evaluations.
  • Exemplars of Principles-Focused Evaluation.

The workshop is based on Patton’s new book on Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE (2018).


This workshop is limited to 50 participants. Register online or by emailing the CES-NCC Secretariat at [email protected].

Workshop presenter bio

Michael Quinn Patton is an independent organizational development and evaluation consultant based in Minnesota. He is former President of the American Evaluation Association. He is the author of eight major evaluation books including 4th editions of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008) and Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (2015). He is also author of Creative Evaluation; Practical Evaluation; and Culture and Evaluation. 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 Canada, 2006). That led to his book on 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), Principles-Focused Evaluation (2018), and Facilitating Evaluation (2018).

He regularly conducts training for professional evaluation associations worldwide (including CES), The Evaluators’ Institute, and the International Program for Development Evaluation Training.