Author: Michael Quinn Patton
Full Citation: Patton, M. Q. (2016). Developmental evaluation exemplars: Principles in practice. New York: Guilford Press
Overview: This book is a follow-up to MQ Patton’s influential Developmental Evaluation. It presents a diverse set of illustrative developmental evaluation (DE) case studies. Twelve insightful exemplars illustrate how DE is used to contribute to and evaluate innovative initiatives in complex, dynamic environments, including in a range of fields and international settings. Written by leading practitioners, the cases offer a window into what it takes to do DE, what roles must be fulfilled, and what results can be expected. Each case opens with an incisive introduction by the editors. The book also addresses frequently asked questions about DE, synthesizes key themes and lessons learned from the exemplars, and identifies eight essential principles of DE. The 8 essentials principles of developmental evaluations are developmental purpose, evaluation rigor, utilization focus, innovation niche, complexity perspective, systems thinking, co-creation and timely feedback. Each of the 8 principles is discussed in some detail, and linked to the twelve case studies. Developmental evaluation is distinguished from other types of monitoring and evaluation in its use for adaptive management, in settings where programs change due to the changing of context (complex dynamic environment), and in support of innovation and creativity in addressing emergent problems an opportunities.