Participatory evaluation methods are designed to bring a broad range of project stakeholders into decisions about program evaluation. These stakeholders make decisions about what is evaluated, how it is evaluated, and how results are analyzed and reported. Because of the NNLM’s focus on partnerships with other organizations, the OERC is emphasizing participatory methods during the current contract. For those planning to attend the American Evaluation Association 2006 conference in Portland, Oregon, here is a sample of sessions focused on participatory evaluaton methods. If you want more details, scroll down past the session titles to the conference program link. If you click on it, it will take you to the AEA program schedule page. You can see which sessions feature participatory methods by going to the line that says Sponsoring Group or TIG, choosing “Collaborative, Participatory, & Empowerment Evaluation TIG” and hitting submit.