Michael Quinn Patton’s most recent books are Facilitating Evaluation: Principles in Practice (Guilford, 2017), and Evaluation Facilitation (Sage, 2018). He is a multi-disciplinary and internationally known scholar who has written eight books on evaluation. He and experienced organizational consultant Sharon Benjamin will discuss his work on principles-focused evaluation.
Michael Quinn Pattonis an independent organizational development and evaluation consultant. He is former President of the American Evaluation Association. He received the American Evaluation Association Award for Research on Evaluation in 2017 recognizing the breakthrough nature of his work. He previously received the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award from the Evaluation Research Society for “outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice” and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory from the American Evaluation Association. The Society for Applied Sociology honored him with the 2001 Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology.
Sharon Benjamin, PhD, is a prac-ademic. She helps organizations marry classic quality improvement and organizational change methodologies with emergent technologies such as Adaptive Positive Deviance (APD) and Liberating Structures, which are rooted in complexity science. She has been an adjunct in the New York University Executive MPA program for 12 years and also teaches in the Organizational Dynamics program (MSOD) at University of Pennsylvania.