The Inclusion Of Stakeholders In Evaluation: Benefits And Drawbacks

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At present the current trend in evaluation research is to include stakeholders in the evaluation process. Central to this trend is the belief that stakeholder involvement empowers the stakeholders, increases the utilization of results, and increases the validity of the evaluation. This study examines the theoretical foundation for this belief and examines empirical support. Conditions under which these benefits are realized are analyzed and compared to situations that fail to gain these benefits.

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