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From the Director's Desk

An introduction to the issue on Participatory Evaluation by HFRP's Founder & Director, Heather B. Weiss, Ed.D.

Theory & Practice

Participatory Evaluation: Enhancing Evaluation Use and Organizational Learning Capacity

J. Bradley Cousins of the University of Ottawa and Lorna Earl of the Scarborough Board of Education share lessons learned in testing their utilization-focused participatory evaluation approach.

Promising Practices

The Roofless Women's Action Research Mobilization (RWARM)

Elaine Replogle from Harvard Family Research Project describes RWARM's participatory action research approach.

Beyond Basic Training

Participatory Evaluators' Roundtable, 1995

Jennifer Schumaker of Heifer Project International reviews the outcomes of a roundtable on participatory evaluation attended by 19 professionals that took place April 1995.

Questions & Answers

What Is Participatory Evaluation (PE)? What Are Its Roots?

HFRP posed this question to Carole Upshur and Esterla Barreto-Cortez, researchers at the Mauricio Gastón Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Evaluations to Watch

Participatory Evaluation Research as Catalyst for Reform: An Example From an Urban Middle School

Jennifer Pastor and Rosemarie Roberts of the City University of New York describe the outcome of their use of participatory evaluation for their school reform project.

New & Noteworthy

A list of new resources on participatory evaluation.

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