Michael Quinn Patton is an independent organizational development and evaluation consultant based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
He is former President of the American Evaluation Association and recipient of both the Alva and Gunnar Myrdal Award 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 honored him with the Lester F. Ward Award for Outstanding Contributions to Applied Sociology. He is the author of six evaluation books including a 4th edition of Utilization-Focused Evaluation and 4th edition of Qualitative Research and Evaluation Methods. His books have been used in over 500 universities worldwide.
He is also author of Creative Evaluation; Practical Evaluation; and editor of several issues of New Directions for Evaluation including Culture and Evaluation, Teaching Evaluation Using the Case Method, and Evaluating Strategy. He has co-authored a book on the dynamics of social innovation with two Canadians drawing on complexity theory and systems thinking entitled Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed. His latest books are Developmental Evaluation: Applying Complexity Concepts to Enhance Innovation and Use (2011), Essentials of Utilization-Focused Evaluation (2012), and Developmental Evaluation Exemplars: Principles Into Practice (2015). He is a regular trainer for the International Program in Development Evaluation Training (IPDET), the American Evaluation Association's professional development courses, and The Evaluators’ Institute.