Empowerment Evaluation: Understanding the Theory Behind the Framework

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This article describes empowerment evaluation and reviews its adequacy as an evaluation model. The author shows that empowerment evaluation, as developed thus far, is very broad in scope and vague in detail. It is underdeveloped in many areas, including its orientation to knowledge building (epistemology), values, appropriate programmatic context and use, and some areas of method. More work needs to be done to clarify and improve the empowerment evaluation technique if it is to become a stronger model.

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