On January 23rd, the Tamarack Institute held a conversation with Michael Quinn Patton exploring his latest book – Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE, released in November 2017. The webinar explored the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach and its relevance and application in a range of settings. Quinn Patton presented why principles matter for program development and evaluation and how they can serve as a rudder to navigate the uncertainties, nuances, and emergent challenges of complex dynamic environments (such as those in humanitarian contexts).
Principles provide guidance, based on norms, values, experience, and knowledge. For the purposes of evaluation, they can serve as helpful hypotheses and evaluators can question: if they prove meaningful to those whom the principles are meant to provide guidance; if the principles are adhered to; and if so, do they lead to the desired results? Principles can thus be evaluated for both process as well as results.
Webinar discussion emphasized several relevant aspects of RBP and outcome-oriented methods, namely:
This webinar was also the official launch for the upcoming Evaluation Master class that Michael Quinn Patton and Mark Cabaj will be hosting in four Canadian cities this March. If you want to learn more about those 1-day deep dive learning experiences, find more information here.