Empowerment evaluation as a social work strategy

Mary Secret, Audrey Jordan, Janet Ford

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This article explores the application of empowerment strategies to program evaluation within a community health setting and presents a case study to examine the policy, direct practice, and research issues associated with the plan to evaluate a community-based HIV-prevention program. Empowerment evaluation strategies were used to develop an innovative street outreach intervention that can be measured and evaluated, to transfer evaluation knowledge from the researcher-expert to the program stakeholders, and to help overcome evaluation implementation obstacles. The article addresses the benefits and risks inherent in an empowerment approach to the evaluative research process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
JournalHealth and Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1999


  • Empowerment
  • HIV-prevention programs
  • Participatory evaluation
  • Program evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)


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