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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.