David Fetterman

David M. Fetterman, PhD, is president and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He has 25 years of experience at Stanford University, serving as a senior administrator, School of Education faculty member, and School of Medicine director of evaluation. Fetterman is concurrently a faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute and the University of Charleston. He was a professor and research director at the California Institute of Integral Studies, principal research scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and a senior associate at RMC Research Corporation. Fetterman is a past president of the American Evaluation Association. He received both the Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Evaluation Theory and the Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice. Fetterman also received the American Educational Research Association’s Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award. Fetterman is the founder of empowerment evaluation. He has published 18 books, including Empowerment Evaluation and Social Justice: Confronting the Culture of Silence, Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-Assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability (with Kaftarian and Wandersman), and Ethnography: Step by Step (4th edition). His Ted Talk is Empowerment Evaluation: Searching for Self-Determination (it is at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsY1APZVUwI )

Preferred Email: fettermanassociates@gmail.com

Fetterman, D.M. (2023).   Empowerment Evaluation and Social Justice:  Confronting the Culture of Silence .  New York: Guilford Press.

Fetterman, D.M. (2020). Ethnography: Step by Step (4th edition) .  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Fetterman, D.M. (2017). Transformative Empowerment Evaluation and Freireian Pedagogy: Alignment with an Emancipatory Tradition. In Patton, M.Q. (ed.) Pedagogy of Evaluation: The Contributions of Paulo Freire to Global Evaluation Thinking and Practice. New Directions for Evaluation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Fetterman, D.M. and Wandersman, A. (2017) Celebrating the 21st anniversary of empowerment evaluation with our critical friends. Evaluation and Program Planning 63 (2017) 132-135.

Fetterman, D.M., Kaftarian, S., and Wandersman, A. (2015).   Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability .  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Obedin-Maliver, J., Goldsmith, E.S., Stewart, L., White, W., Tran, E., Brenman, S., Wells,M., Fetterman, D.M., Garcia, G., Lunn, M.R. (2011). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-Related Content in Undergraduate Medical Education. JAMA, 306(9):971-977.

Fetterman, D.M. (2011). Empowerment Evaluation and Accreditation Case Examples: California Institute of Integral Studies and Stanford University. In Secolsky, C. and Denison, D.B. (eds.) Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education. New York: Routledge.

Fetterman, D.M., Deitz, J., and Gesundheit, N. (2010). Empowerment evaluation: A collaborative approach to evaluating and transforming a medical school curriculum. Academic Medicine, 85(5):813-820.

Fetterman, D.M. (1982). Ibsen’s Baths: Reactivity and Insensitivity (A misapplication of the treatment-control design in a national evaluation). Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 4 (3):261-279.

Foundations of Evaluation (fall)
Empowerment Evaluation (spring)