Role of Stakeholders in Evaluation
The role of stakeholders is vital to program evaluation. Without stakeholder input it is impossible to have an adequate understanding of the evaluated program. Identification of relevant stakeholders and the gathering of stakeholder input is a key part of the evaluation process.
Consider any program evaluation project and list four or five major stakeholder categories for the project. Assess the stakeholders’ potential for both positive and negative impact on the evaluation process. How would you go about determining the validity or value of the inputs by each stakeholder category? Do you think the inputs of the stakeholder can contribute to the evaluation?
Often, projects are identified as of being successful under the circumstances that it can meet the set objectives or exceed the expectations of the stakeholders. Thus, stakeholders are identified as individuals who have vested their interest in the course of a particular project. Based on their active involvement with the project, they are expected to either lose or gain as a result of the project. Despite this, the particular individuals or organizations have heavily vested in the program thus interested in its results….words621