What does this mean?
The stakeholders are individuals, groups or organisations that have responsibilities and/or direct or indirect interests in the evaluated intervention. They may be affected by the intervention or not.
Why identify them?
- To take their points of view into consideration
- To benefit from their expertise and knowledge
- To encourage them to use the evaluation.
How to take them into account?
- Identify the different stakeholders from the outset, on the basis of available documentation and interviews.
- Identify their expectations and take them into account when drafting the evaluation questions.
- Analyse each one's possible contributions (information, expertise, contribution to the interpretation of data).
- Choose an option to benefit from their contribution, for example: individual interviews, participatory workshops, focus groups, expert panel(s), integration in the reference group, etc.
- Choose the modalities of dissemination of the evaluation results to ensure that they reach the stakeholders.
- Talk to the stakeholders to know what their needs and priorities are.
- Involve the stakeholders in the interpretation of information to avoid mistakes and reach sounder conclusions.