This research explores the relationship between participation in evaluation and the use of evaluation findings and processes within three large-scale multi-site evaluations. Using canonical correlation analysis and a collection of 20 interviews, this study describes and tests the relationship between these two critical conceptual powerhouses in evaluation. Using data that were collected as a part of the NSF-funded research Beyond Evaluation Use (. Lawrenz & King, 2009), this study found that some theories and beliefs about participatory evaluation contribute to use and influence in similar ways as in single-site evaluations. The differences identified in this research highlight potential planning and implementation considerations that might allow multi-site evaluators and funders of multi-site evaluation to enhance use and influence of multi-site evaluations.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Evaluation and Program Planning|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2015|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge the National Science Foundation (NSF) (grant number: 0438545 ) for providing funding for Beyond Evaluation Use, the research project from which the three programs used in this research are a part of. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and not of the NSF.
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd.
- Evaluation use
- Multi-site evaluation
- Stakeholder involvement