Building Better Buy-in for Evaluation
31 juillet 2018
Par Marie-Hélène l'Heureux (doctorante), Steve Jacob et Pernelle Smits
Evaluation may provide information relevant to broader public processes such as program improvement, decision-making or accountability. Nonetheless, evaluation’s positive contribution to these goals may be affected by resistance from stakeholders associated with the program being evaluated.
Resistance to evaluation may take various forms at different stages of an evaluation initiative. Prior to beginning the evaluation, resistance may result from anxiety about the process or an anticipation of the effects of evaluation. For example, program managers may be afraid that the evaluation will involve a judgment on the quality of their work. Resistance could manifest itself as a set of arguments around the program specific characteristics, contesting the relevance of conducting an evaluation.