This forward-- by former EnCompass CEO Laverne Webb-- precedes a special edition of the academic journal AI Practitioner. The theme of the edition was applying Appreciative Inquiry into evaluation via case studies and assessments.
Reframing Evaluation Through Appreciative Inquiry is the first book to introduce the application of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), an approach for organizational development and change, to the practice of evaluation. Authors Hallie Preskill and Tessie Tzavaras Catsambas lay out the theoretical foundation of AI and build a bridge between the theory and practice of applying AI to evaluation.
EnCompass led an evaluation of the Quality Assurance Project's (QAP) healthcare improvement collaborative approach. The team used a formative, participatory methodology, and conducted field visits to six countries where QAP supported one or more collaboratives. The findings of the evaluation are detailed in this report.
Uncover the answers to frequently asked questions about applying Appreciative Inquiry to an evaluation practice. Find answers to questions such as: “What are the benefits of using Appreciative Inquiry in evaluation?” “Does Appreciative Inquiry create positive bias in the evaluation methodology?” “Does Appreciative Inquiry veil problems and push people to see only what is good?”