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ERIC Number: ED378194
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Pages: 16
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If They Don't Want To Play the Evaluation Game, Are They Empowered by Making the Rules?
Davidson, Candelaria Perez
Evaluators frequently experience the dilemma of how to empower a program staff if the staff and other stakeholders are compelled to participate in activities that they don't believe they need or believe may actually harm the program. A framework is proposed to empower program staff and other stakeholders and to reduce potential dilemmas. The framework is based on the concepts of power, resistance, reactance, and principled negotiation. This framework emerged in the evaluation of the Families Assisting Confined Elderly Project (FACE). The goal of the FACE project is to maximize the independence of the frail elderly through adoption by a family group to be the elder's extended family. Approaches used by the evaluator attempt to create a relationship in which concerns are shared, common interests of the evaluator and program staff are identified, and a power-sharing relationship is implemented. When resistance surfaces, resistance and contributing factors need to be explored. Evaluators must consider the reasonableness of evaluation requirements, the responsibilities of program staff, the extent of the staff's understanding of the evaluation, and the limits of the staff's right to make decisions about program futures. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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