The Politics And Practice Of Empowerment Evaluation And Social Interventions: Lessons From The Atlantic Community Action Program For Children Regional Evaluation

Empowerment or participatory evaluation has gained significant popularity in the last few years. However, there is considerable variation in the manner in which the terms are used and in the politics that underlie and inform such practices. This article, which reflects upon the authors' collective experience with the Atlantic Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) regional evaluation, argues for empowerment-oriented evaluation strategies informed by emancipatory politics.

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Emancipatory Politics, Critical Evaluation And Government Policy

The aspirations of emancipatory or empowerment-based social interventions, such as those inscribed in Health Canada's and the World Health Organization's Ottawa Charter, require a significant reconstruction of traditional evaluation practices. The prevailing response to this need has been the inclusion of "empowering" research techniques in the evaluation activity.

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