Our Approach

Utilization-Focused Evaluation is based on the premise that evaluations should be judged by their utility and actual use; therefore, evaluators should facilitate the evaluation process and design any evaluation with careful consideration of how everything that is done, from beginning to end, will affect use. The focus in utilization-focused evaluation is on supporting intended use by intended users. The essence of this approach is a continual examination of and adaptation to how real people in the real world apply evaluation findings and how they experience the evaluation process.

“Patton challenges evaluators to relentlessly adapt, react, change, and innovate to work toward the best outcomes.”

— Hallie Preskill, Strategic Evaluation and Learning Center