The relationship between involvement in and use of evaluation in multi-site evaluations

Denise Roseland, Frances Lawrenz, Mao Thao

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-82
Number of pages8
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

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  • Evaluation use
  • Multi-site evaluation
  • Stakeholder involvement


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