Western countries currently donate large sums of money to developing countries. This money is used to fund programs that provide humanitarian assistance, protect the environment build democracy, and encourage ecc growth. In the implementation of such programs, donor agencies often adopt a top-down approach in which intended beneficiaries have little involve ment. Empowerment evaluation could be used as a tool for over coming this problem. Empowerment evaluation is, as the name implies, a collection of evaluation techniques that promote the empowerment process.
A Study of the Relationship Between Evaluation Report Characteristics and Measures of Use in Two Countries
This article reports the results of secondary analysis research done in order to determine if there were differences in evaluation utilization among major cultural groups. First, the evaluation utilization literature is reviewed. Second, original research and secondary analysis methods are discussed. Finally, the results of four cross-cultural canonical correlation analyses are presented. The results show that, among the American subjects, there was a strong correlation between evaluation utilization and a high-order construct called evaluation implementation.