My name is Linda F. Delaney and I serve as a program evaluator for my own company (LFD Consulting, LLC) in Marion, Arkansas. Since 2005, I have worked closed with Dr. David Fetterman as an evaluator for the Minority Sub-recipient Grant Office at the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (UAPB). I also serve as President of the Arkansas Group of Evaluators (AGEs). I currently conduct program evaluations for 5 local tobacco control organizations in Arkansas. These agencies implement tobacco control efforts in approximately 20 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. The nature of this work requires collaboration through empowerment strategies to increase effectiveness. These tobacco program coordinators must be prepared to function in interdisciplinary groups ranging from the medical/dental profession to government. It is important that evaluators empower their clients through training them in empowerment evaluation and effective collaboration. I will be sharing some hot tips about effective training methods.
Hot Tip: Strategically begin with the clarity and the coordination of primary stakeholder missions. Are they congruent? Allow the clients to share the collaborative purposes (first). Remember, what they say is what you hold them accountable for – so ask pertinent questions that solicit the answers needed to drive the conversation in the direction you know that it must go. (Principle: If I say it, you may doubt it. If you say it, you believe it – and that is what you are held accountable for.)
Hot Tip: Take stock by finding out who is currently involved in the activities to complete goals and objectives. Then brainstorm who else can be involved and why others are needed. Make this conversation in depth. Determine various technological tools that can help communication and partnering efforts. (Principle: If one understands the WHYs, the HOWs will take care of themselves.)
Hot Tip: Develop a bullet-point strategy/plan with deadlines for recruitment and implementation to involve and empower collaborative partners needed to complete planned activities. (Principle: Together Everyone Achieves More)
Rad Resource: http://tobaccoprevention.blogspot.com/ is a blogspot where you can find many tips and strategies on collaboration through empowerment.
This week’s posts are sponsored by AEA’s Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation Topical Interest Group (http://comm.eval.org/EVAL/cpetig/Home/Default.aspx) as part of the CPE TIG Focus Week. Check out AEA’s Headlines and Resources entries (http://eval.org/aeaweb.asp) this week for other highlights from and for those conducting Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluations.