Michael Quinn Patton
Michael Quinn Patton is former President of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of both the Alva and Gunner Myrdal Award from the Evaluation Research Society for "outstanding contributions to evaluation use and practice" and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Award for lifetime contributions to evaluation theory from the American Evaluation Association.
The Society for Applied Sociology honoured him with the 2001 Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology. He is the author of five evaluation books including a new edition of Utilization Focused Evaluation (4th ed., 2008) and Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods (3rd edition, 2002). His books are used in over 300 universities. Other evaluation books include Creative Evaluation (1987); Practical Evaluation (1982); and Culture and Evaluation (1985). His latest book published, with two Canadian co-authors, focuses on social innovation drawing on complexity theory and systems thinking: Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed, Random House Canada.
After receiving his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, he spent 18 years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota (1973-1991) including five years as Director of the Minnesota Center for Social Research.
He received the University's Morse-Amoco Award for outstanding teaching.