Stakeholder participation in evaluation: How important is diversity?

Alison Mathie, Jennifer C. Greene

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Participatory evaluation seeks in part to promote exchanges of perspective and experience among diverse program stakeholders. Diversity in such exchanges is viewed as integral to the substantive and political strands of the participatory process. Yet, using the grounded experience of two participatory evaluation case studies, we offer some challenges to this ideal of diversity and suggest that when action is the desired outcome, somewhat less rather than more diversity of stakeholder participation is actually desired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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