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Involving Stakeholders in the Evaluation of Community Alcohol Projects: Findings a Balance Between Subjective Insight and Objective Facts

Boots, Kevin and Midford, Richard (2007). Involving Stakeholders in the Evaluation of Community Alcohol Projects: Findings a Balance Between Subjective Insight and Objective Facts. Substance Use & Misuse,42(12-13):1955-1969.

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Title Involving Stakeholders in the Evaluation of Community Alcohol Projects: Findings a Balance Between Subjective Insight and Objective Facts
Author Boots, Kevin
Midford, Richard
Journal Name Substance Use & Misuse
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 42
Issue Number 12-13
eISSN 1532-2491
Start Page 1955
End Page 1969
Total Pages 15
Place of Publication United States of America
Publisher Taylor & Francis Inc.
Abstract The role played by key community representatives in the evaluation of community alcohol projects differs according to the evaluation paradigm adopted. In evaluations that adopt a positivist, experimental design they are cast in the role of independent informants. In post-positivist evaluations they are seen as having an interest in the evaluation and accordingly are considered active stakeholders. However, the degree to which stakeholders can be actively engaged in an evaluation varies considerably along a number of dimensions. Four dimensions of the stakeholder role—stakeholder inclusiveness, participation mode, participation frequency, and evaluation role—are examined in the context of eight evaluation theories. This is integrated into a model that links these dimensions to an object-subject continuum of stakeholder involvement. The model facilitates systematic consideration of these dimensions and will assist evaluators in achieving their desired balance of subjective insight and objective fact.
Keywords Alcohol
Community
Evaluation
Theory
Stakeholder
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826080701723887   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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