2.7. Stakeholder engagement

Key stakeholders in an evaluation are likely to include senior management in the agency, program managers, program partners, service providers, program participants and peak interest groups (for example, representing industries, program beneficiaries).

Involving stakeholders during evaluation planning and implementation can add value by:

  • providing perspectives on what will be considered a credible, high quality and useful evaluation
  • contributing to the program logic and framing of key evaluation questions
  • facilitating quality data collection
  • helping to make sense of the data that has been collected
  • increasing the utilization of the evaluation’s findings by building knowledge about and support for the evaluation.[1]

Once the evaluation is completed, stakeholders need to be informed of any lessons learned and recommendations (see section 6.1. Communicating evaluation results for further information).

It can be useful to map significant stakeholders and their actual or likely questions. See the Remote Engagement and Coordination Strategy for specific guidance within a Territory Government context. There is also useful guidance and templates in the Remote Engagement and Coordination Online Toolkit.

[1] BetterEvaluation: Manager's guide to evaluation – 5. Manage development of the evaluation methodology: Consider the implications of the resources available and specific constraints

Last updated: 14 December 2020

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