Principles focused evaluation webinar

This webinar (recorded January 23, 2018) features an interview with Michael Quinn Patton and discusses his latest book - Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE - and the principles-focused evaluation (P-FE) approach, exploring its relevance and application in a range of settings.

This resource and the following information was contributed by Patricia Rogers.

Authors and their affiliation

Michael Quinn Patton and Mark Cabaj

Webinar organised by the Tamarack Institute.

Key features

Principles-focused evaluation is evaluation that is organised around principles, not goals or compliance with processes. It is particularly relevant for evaluating interventions that are complex and emergent. This webinar explains how to develop principles that are actually principles (and not rules or assumptions), how to evaluate them in terms of how well they are understood, whether practice is consistent with them, and whether they are leading to the desired results. It presents a guide for effective principles, organised around the acronym GUIDE: Guiding, Useful, Inspiring, Developmental and Evaluable.

How have you used or intend on using this resource?

I have used this resource to reinforce the understanding I have from the book (Principles-Focused Evaluation: The GUIDE). And I have shared it with my evaluation Facebook friends to let them know about this free introduction to an approach that I think many of them will find relevant.

Why would you recommend it to other people?

This video provides an excellent and free introduction to principles-focused evaluation. It has lots of examples and an engaging series of questions and answers.


Patton, M. Q. and Cabaj, M. (2018). Principles Focused Evaluation [Webinar]. Retrieved from: