Gathering Stakeholder Interests
Various methods including voicing variables, data dialogue, voicing viewpoints, cooperative interviews, data dialogue, and bar graphs among others are useful in gathering information from the stakeholders of the TANF program (King & Stevahn, 2013). These methods allow an evaluator to play the role of a facilitator which is necessary for a successful evaluation process. Through these methods, information on stakeholders’ interests and concerns in connection with the program could be gathered. Specifically, data dialogue could be most useful in gathering information from the primary stakeholders for three reasons. First, the strategy facilitates a shared understanding (King & Stevahn, 2013). So, by the end of the session, the information collected will be from a shared understanding perspective. Second, this strategy provides enough time to gather the required information. Third, the strategy will help generate new insights.
In preparation for the session, the evaluator would introduce the session and its purpose to the primary stakeholders. Then, they would be arranged in groups of four. Each group would have a recorder (King & Stevahn, 2013). Each group would be given three sheets where they would record different opinions from members about three questions on interests, concerns, and possible conflicts of stakeholders’ interests. After the session, the evaluator would take time to review the results from the data dialogue. By the end of this session, the evaluator would things (King & Stevahn, 2013). First, the evaluator would learn if the chosen interactive evaluation strategy was effective or not. This would help in choosing the most appropriate strategy for the following sessions. Second, the evaluator would learn about different interests and concerns of stakeholders in connection with the TANF program. Third, the evaluator would learn of possible instances where stakeholders’ interests would conflict.
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