Evaluation 2018: Speaking Truth to Power

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So now what? Influencing stakeholders to turn findings into action

Session Number: 2240
Track: Use and Influence of Evaluation
Session Type: Think Tank
Tags: use
Session Facilitator: Stacy Rassel [Director of Consulting - The Improve Group]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Kayla Mueller [Research Analyst - the Improve Group]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Christen Pentek [University of Minnesota]
Fourth Author or Discussion Group Leader: Nick Stilp [Research Analyst - The Improve group]
Time: Nov 02, 2018 (11:30 AM - 12:15 PM)
Room: CC - 15

Audience Level: Intermediate

Session Abstract (150 words): 

We all know evaluation isn’t impactful unless findings are used, and bringing stakeholders along in interpreting findings can increase ownership and use. But how do you engage stakeholders when differing power dynamics are present in the room, or when findings are negative? In this think tank, evaluators will share strategies for thoughtfully engaging stakeholders in the interpretation of evaluation findings, and to turn findings into action. They will share tips for bringing diverse perspectives to the table for meaning-making, and for facilitating conversations around findings with stakeholders holding different levels of power. Recent project examples will be discussed, including the use of data placemats to present data in a digestible format, and facilitating focused conversations with stakeholders to collectively make meaning of findings. In another project example, evaluators will discuss how they worked with funders to interpret evaluation findings in the context of strengths and limitations and for funding decisions.

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