This issue explores the potential role of Appreciative Inquiry, a process that searches for what is best in people and organizations, in evaluation. Contributors examine Appreciative Inquiry's approach and impact on the use of evaluation processes and findings, the contextual factors or conditions that make its use in evaluation appropriate, and the challenges of using it. <p> Chapters also provide an overview of Appreciative Inquiry and how it fits within the landscape of evaluation practice, four case studies, and commentary and critique of specific points in this issue, as well as broader consideration of the possibilities that Appreciative Inquiry offers to evaluation practice. <p> By offering evaluators an approach and method for discovering and building on the positive aspects of a program, Appreciative Inquiry is an valuable resource for evaluators. This issue is an indispensable guide to that resource.
SERIES EDITORS? NOTES (Gary T. Henry, Jennifer C. Greene).
EDITORS? NOTES (Hallie Preskill, Anne T. Coghlan).
1. An Overview of Appreciative Inquiry in Evaluation (Anne T.
Coghlan, Hallie Preskill, Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas)
This chapter provides an overview of Appreciative Inquiry and a
discussion of why and how it may be used in evaluation
2. Appreciative Evaluation Within a Conflicted Educational
Context (Sheila McNamee)
Appreciative Inquiry was used as part of a schoolwide curriculum
reform evaluation process with one department?s staff that
was having difficulties agreeing on its program?s philosophy
and curricular changes.
3. Using Appreciative Inquiry to Guide an Evaluation of the
International Women?s Media Foundation Africa Program (Tessie
Tzavaras Catsambas, Laverne D. Webb)
This chapter examines the benefits and challenges of using
Appreciative Inquiry processes to focus an evaluation and to design
and conduct several data collection methods.
4. Using Appreciative Inquiry to Evaluate Project Activities of
a Nongovernmental Organization Supporting Victims of Trauma in Sri
Lanka (Mette Jacobsgaard)
Appreciative Inquiry was used to evaluate a program that serves
victims of torture and trauma.
5. Incorporating Appreciative Inquiry Methods to Evaluate a
Youth Development Program (Dawn Hanson Smart, Mariann Mann)
Using Appreciative Inquiry in conjunction with other evaluation
methods helped to identify and confirm a program?s theory of
change and its long-term expected outcomes. It also provided
important information for improving the program.
6. Appreciating Appreciative Inquiry (Patricia J. Rogers, Dugan
This chapter provides a critique of the four case studies in this
volume and offers insights into the limitations of using
Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation contexts.
7. Inquiry into Appreciative Evaluation (Michael Quinn
After comparing Appreciative Inquiry applications in organizational
development and evaluation, this chapter focuses on how
Appreciative Inquiry adds to the options available to evaluators
when seeking to match their evaluation approach to the situation
and needs of users.