January 2013 Residency Program

MLK Legacy Lecture

“Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” Through the Lens of Complexity Theory

Dr. Michael Quinn Patton

This lecture is free and open to the public.


January 10, 2013
Kingsgate Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
151 Goodman Drive | Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

Join us for Union Institute & University’s seventh Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Lecture, “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” Through the Lens of Complexity Theory presented by Dr. Michael Quinn Patton. An integral part of the Ph.D. program’s MLK Studies specialization, legacy lectures are held twice per year during Union’s Ph.D. residencies in Cincinnati.

Dr. Michael Quinn Patton is an accomplished independent organizational development and evaluation consultant with 40 years of experience. He uses a variety of evaluation and research methods to improve human effectiveness and applies this utilization-focused evaluation to a broad range of initiatives. He has worked with organizations and programs at the international, national, state, and local levels, and with philanthropic, not-for-profit, private sector, international agency, and government programs.

Currently, Dr. Patton is an organizational development trainer for the World Bank in Ottawa, the American Evaluation Association's professional development courses, and The Evaluators’ Institute. Previously, he served as President of the American Evaluation Association. From 1991 to 2007 he was a faculty member of Union Institute & University. He also served as faculty of the University of Minnesota for 18 years (1973-1991), including five years as director of the Minnesota Center for Social Research and ten years with the Minnesota Extension Service.

Dr. Patton has authored six books:Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use (2011), the fourth edition of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2008), the third edition of Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (2002), Creative Evaluation (1987), Culture and Evaluation (1985), and Practical Evaluation (1982). In 2006, he co-authored Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed with Frances Westley and Brenda Zimmerman. In addition, he has edited volumes on Culture and Evaluation and Teaching Evaluation Using the Case Method.

He has served as a valued keynote speaker around the world including at the Latin American Network in Peru; the African Evaluation Society in Nairobi, Kenya; the European Evaluation Society in Switzerland; the American, Canadian, and Australasian Evaluation Society conferences; and national evaluation conferences for the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Italy, Denmark, Japan, and Brazil. In addition, he was named the Gwen Iding Brogden Distinguished Lecturer at the 2008 National Conference on Systems of Care Research for Children’s Mental Health.

Dr. Patton has earned numerous honors for his achievements including the Lester F. Ward Award from The Society for Applied Sociology and the University of Minnesota’s Morse Amoco Award for outstanding teaching. He is the only recipient of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award from the Evaluation Research Society and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award from the American Evaluation Association.

Dr. Patton holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Sociology from the University of Wisconsin.

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