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Performance Evaluation: Proven Approaches for Improving Program and Organizational Performance by Ingrid Guerra-López

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MAKING EVALUATION HAPPEN: ENSURING STAKEHOLDERS' BUY-IN

One of the most important elements of any evaluation is its stakeholders. Before we define the stakeholders, it is worthwhile to define the term stake. A stake is essentially a claim, an interest, or a share in some endeavor and how that claim or interest might be affected by anything that is used, done, produced, or delivered. The traditional view of a stake used to be limited to the financial realm (for example, stockholders), but in fact a claim or interest can be financial, legal, or moral (Carroll, 2000). Thus, a stakeholder is any individual or group with a stake in an endeavor and can either affect or be affected by the decisions and actions of the organization.

Stakeholders can be ...

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