Utilization-Focused Evaluation with Michael Quinn Patton

Utilization-Focused Evaluation with Michael Quinn Patton

In this episode, I interview Michael Quinn Patton on Utilization-Focused Evaluation.




“What don’t you know, that if you did know, would make a difference to what you do.”




Utilization-Focused Evaluation with Michael Quinn Patton, Ph.D. “What don’t you know, that if you did know, would make a difference to what you do?” The importance of good questions and careful thought with Michael Quinn Patton, Ph.D., interview by James Pann, Ph.D. Michael Quinn Patton is the Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, an independent organizational development and program evaluation organization. He has authored numerous books on evaluation, including Blue Marble Evaluation (2019), Principles-Focused Evaluation (2018), Facilitating Evaluation (2018), Developmental Evaluation (2010) and Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008). During the interview Michael answers the following questions and addresses other areas:





00:00 – Introduction
02:10 – Definition of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (U-FE)
04:11 – How developmental evaluation, principles-focused evaluation, and blue marble evaluation fit in with U-FE
07:44 – What’s emphasized in U-FE that is not in other evaluation approaches
10:03 – How U-FE can be used in conjunction with other evaluation models
11:49 – Specific strategies and tactics for engaging project stakeholders in an evaluation
15:00 – Lessons from social sciences research literature that inform Michael’s evaluation work
17:35 – Common things that evaluators think they already know, but often don’t
18:45 – Best way to really learn how to do evaluations and recommendations for students and beginning evaluators
23:36 – Relationship between mindfulness and evaluation
26:52 – Resources to obtain familiarity with using U-FE
28:13 – Books that Michael likes to give as gifts
31:04 – How to connect with Michael





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James Pann, Ph.D. is a professor at Nova Southeast University and a highly experienced psychologist and evaluator with nearly 25 years of experience. He conducts research and evaluation projects with non-profit organizations in the fields of health, human services, and education, and has received funding from multiple government agencies.

James holds multiple degrees including a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Miami, and a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the host of the EvalNetwork podcast, a frequent conference presenter, and has published several peer-reviewed articles and one book series. James currently resides in Miami, Florida with his family and enjoys backpacking trips. Find out more about his work here.


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