Stakeholder involvement approaches in evaluation constitute an evolving field. In 1991, Scriven’s Evaluation Thesaurus offered definitions for “stakeholders” and “evaluation” but none for “approaches,” “stakeholder involvement,” or “collaborative, participatory, or empowerment evaluation.” In this new book, Fetterman, Rodríguez-Campos, Zukoski, et al. identify that 20% of American Evaluation Association (AEA) members belonged to the AEA’s Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Topical Interest Group (CPE-TIG), from which this book emerged (pp. vii, 9). With a population of 7,300 members in over 80 countries (American Evaluation Association [AEA], 2018), this is significant.
The underlying research for the book is excellent, with 180 sources: 23% published prior to 2000 and 40% published since 2010. Curiously, only one Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (CJPE) article reference appears. Does this mean that stakeholder participation approaches have been under-addressed in articles published in this journal? Certainly, Canadian theory and practice are well represented in the body of work by Canadian evaluators such as Chouinard, Cousins, Love, and Shula. Recent evidence of the importance of stakeholder involvement approaches to Canadian evaluators was reflected in the “co-creation” theme of the 2018 Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) conference; 40 presentation titles in the conference program (Canadian Evaluation Society, 2018) reference stakeholder participation, collaboration, and/or empowerment.