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Soliciting input from stakeholders early in the evaluation design process allows for more relevant, credible, and useful measurement of impact. Follow these 5 steps to engage stakeholders effectively.

Top Takeaways

  1. When evaluation works well, it provides information to a wide range of audiences that can be used to make better decisions, develop greater appreciation and understanding, and gain insights for action.
  2. One way to enhance use is to develop a set of evaluation questions that reflect the perspectives, experiences, and insights of as many stakeholders, relevant individuals, groups, organizations and communities as possible.
  3. Recommendations from an evaluation with stakeholder involvement are more likely to be accepted by a broader constituency and implemented more fully and with less resistance.
Evaluations should increase the likelihood that the findings will be used for learning, decision-making, and taking action. Develop a set of evaluation questions that reflect the perspectives, experiences, and insights of as many relevant individuals, groups, organizations, and communities as possible.

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