From Michael Quinn Patton, Author of Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Evaluators have learned that organizational effectiveness depends on astute situational diagnosis and adaptation so that interventions aimed at improvement are appropriate, relevant, timely, and grounded in organizational realities. Stevens’ holistic lifecycle theory and its pragmatic, stage-based application to developing nonprofit capacity are supported by a quarter century of evaluation evidence. Bottom line from an evaluation perspective: It’s useful and it works.