January 19, 2021

Patton Honored for Transformative Work in Evaluation

TRANSFORMATIVE IMPACT: Professor Michael Patton has been honored by the global organization EvalYouth.

The Claremont Evaluation Center has announced that Professor of Practice Michael Quinn Patton has been awarded the EvalYouth Transformative Evaluator Award. This new award recognizes substantial contributions toward enhancing evaluation’s usefulness and relevance in creating a more just and sustainable world.

Launched in 2015, EvalYouth is the world’s largest network of new and emerging professional evaluators.  Patton’s award was announced during the organization’s fifth virtual conference, which was held last November. Learn more about EvalYouth here

At CGU, Patton serves as a member of the board and faculty of The Evaluators’ Institute (TEI), with which he has been involved since its beginning. He also directs an organizational development and evaluation consulting business, Utilization-Focused Evaluation.

The author of six books on program evaluation, Patton has been an independent evaluation practitioner for more than 35 years and has worked at local, state, national, and international levels.

“It’s a much-deserved award,” said Stewart Donaldson, who is a distinguished university professor at CGU as well as the executive director of the Claremont Evaluation Center and TEI. “It is such a treat for our students to have one of the most experienced and in-demand evaluators, evaluation thought leaders, keynote speakers, and authors as their professor here at CGU.”

Patton describes himself as a generalist, applying evaluative methodologies to a wide variety of programs ranging from health, human services, and education to employment, leadership development, poverty alleviation, and much more. He has consulted with nonprofit, philanthropic, private sector, and international organizations. His consulting practice has included program evaluation, strategic planning, conflict resolution, board facilitation, staff development, futuring, and a variety of organizational development approaches.