Appreciative Inquiry and Evaluation – Getting to What Works

Appreciative Inquiry (Ai) is described as the cooperative search for the best in people, their organizations, and the world around them. This article describes how Ai has been applied to evaluation in ways that build upon strengths and generate support for improvements. An initial criticism of AI can be that it focuses only on positivity and fosters an unrealistic view of human experience. Contributing to tension with the AI process is a mistaken belief that negative phna must be ignored.