Involving Stakeholders

Involving Stakeholders

In the previous sections, we explored the four steps to reviewing data in a meaningful way. Next, you need to communicate those results to your stakeholders. Stakeholders are often involved in the entire evaluation process, from the planning stage to the conclusion of the evaluation. Click here to read about participatory evaluation and review stakeholder participation in evaluation.

Stakeholders are those individuals who are affected by or interested in the organization, program, or project and can be invested in different ways. They may financially support a program or an organization, be paid staff, live in the neighborhood where the program is located, and/or be the target population that receives services.   

Stakeholder support in the form of funds, time, or expertise is critical to ensuring the success of a program’s efforts. It is important to keep in mind the interest and needs of stakeholders when creating, developing, and communicating your results. Additionally, stakeholders may assist the evaluator in communicating and disseminating results.

Stakeholders play key roles in the success and functioning of your work. You should carefully consider the way you communicate your findings and do so in a clear and impactful manner. Listed below are several examples of stakeholders.

  • Individuals and groups affected by the outcome of a program/project
  • Individuals and groups who hold an interest in an organizations success
  • Employees of an organization
  • Communities affected by the program/project
  • Customers/clients of an organization
  • Individuals who benefit from the operations of an organization
  • Government officials
  • Community organizers
  • Funders
  • Policy makers


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