Collaborative Evaluation in a Community Change Initiative: Dilemmas Of Control Over Technical Decision Making

Collaborative evaluation brings community stakeholders and evaluators together with the opportunity to provide significant meaning to their work. In a community change initiative, collaborative evaluation also affords the opportunity to build community capacity. This article provides a framework for how collaborative evaluation can help achieve the goals of a community change initiative. The manuscript then explores one process dimension of collaborative evaluation — control over technical decision making — and explicates five dilemmas in its navigation.