Managing Conflict Constructively in Program Evaluation

Laurie Stevahn, Jean A. King, Jean A. King

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Evaluators almost inevitably experience conflict in the course of conducting evaluation studies. This article first presents two theoretical frameworks from social psychology - conflict strategies theory and constructive conflict resolution theory - useful for constructively managing conflict in evaluation settings. Second, we discuss theory-derived skills related to structuring cooperative goals and tasks in evaluation studies as well as how to use integrative negotiation procedures to address disputes that arise during the evaluation process. Finally, we explain how these theories can provide evaluators with a lens through which to analyze evaluation contexts, thereby helping them to make wise decisions for effective evaluation practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-427
Number of pages13
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2005

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  • conflict resolution
  • evaluator skills
  • integrative negotiation
  • participatory evaluation
  • situational analysis


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