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ERIC Number: EJ876553
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1098-2140
Evaluator Responsiveness to Stakeholders
Azzam, Tarek
American Journal of Evaluation, v31 n1 p45-65 2010
A simulation study was conducted in an attempt to examine how evaluators modify their evaluation design in response to differing stakeholder groups. In this study, evaluators were provided with a fictitious description of a school-based program. They were then asked to design an evaluation of the program. After the evaluation design decisions were made, evaluators were presented with feedback from three differing stakeholder groups (i.e., decision maker, implementer, recipient) either endorsing or rejecting the evaluation design. Evaluators were then given the opportunity to modify (or not modify) their original design in response to stakeholder feedback. The findings revealed that the more political power or influence stakeholder groups held over evaluation logistical factors (i.e., funding, data access), the more evaluators were willing to modify their design choices to accommodate perceived stakeholder concerns. These design modifications were typically implemented to ensure data access, reduce stakeholder resistance, and increase stakeholder buy-in. (Contains 11 tables, 2 figures, and 13 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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