Michael Quinn Patton is the Founder and CEO of Utilization-Focused Evaluation, an independent organizational development and program evaluation organization.
After receiving his doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he spent 18 years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota (1973-1991), including five years as Director of the Minnesota Center for Social Research and ten years with the Minnesota Extension Service.
Patton has written many books on the art and science of program evaluation, in which he emphasizes the importance of designing evaluations to ensure their usefulness, rather than simply creating long reports that may never get read or never result in any practical changes. He has written about evaluation, and worked in the field beginning in the 1970s when evaluation in the non-profit sector was a relatively new development.
Patton is one of only two recipients of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award (awarded by the Evaluation Research Society and subsequently by the American Evaluation Association) for “outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice” and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory (awarded by the American Evaluation Association). The Society for Applied Sociology honored him with the 2001 Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology. He was President of the American Evaluation Association in 1988 and Co-Chair of the 2005 International Evaluation Conference in Toronto sponsored jointly by the American and Canadian evaluation associations. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Foundation Review. Contact Michael.
Charmagne Campbell-Patton is the Director of Organizational Learning and Evaluation at Utilization-Focused Evaluation. In this role, Charmagne works to support organizations working for social justice by embedding evaluative thinking across programs and operations. She brings a decade of program design, implementation and evaluation experience to this work from across a range of fields, including youth civic engagement, education, environmental justice, youth homelessness and philanthropy. She specializes in qualitative research methods and utilization-focused developmental evaluation. She holds a BA in Political Science from Grinnell College and an MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service. She has authored several articles and blog posts, including “Conceptualizing and Evaluating the Complexities of Youth Civic Engagement” in the Handbook of Research on Civic Engagement in Youth. Charmagne has lived, worked and travelled in North and Central America, the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, West and East Africa, and South Asia. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, daughter and cat. Contact Charmagne.