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Participatory Evaluation Model: Strengths And Weaknesses

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Although there is a wide diversity of evaluation models, each with its own strengths and weaknesses, Fitzpatrick et al.(2004) and Stufflebeam (2001) assert that understanding each evaluation’s components and selecting the appropriate one is crucial to the evaluation process. A participatory evaluation approach uses stakeholders, people with an interest or “stake” in the program to be engaged in the evaluation process, so they may better understand evaluation and the program under evaluation to use the evaluation findings for decision-making purposes. This approach stresses the importance of being responsive to realities of the program and concerns of participants rather than relying on preconceptions. It is associated with a formative process evaluation as the evaluation will address whether the program is meeting…show more content…
First, it provides a clearer perspective of the initial needs of the program’s beneficiaries, the literacy learners. Second, the beneficiaries and tutors can share what is working and what is not so it results in a more effective program as issues can be addressed quickly. This approach also provides a voice for low-level literacy individuals who are seldom heard. It may also enhance self-confidence and self-esteem as they take greater control of their personal and professional lives. According to Fitzpatrick et al., collaboration of stakeholders may foster a better understanding and ownership of the evaluation leading to greater use of the results and empower stakeholders (2011, p. 189) The participatory approach has the evaluation manager/coordinator collaborate with the stakeholders to define the evaluation’s objectives, to develop its methodology, to collect and interpret information, and to develop conclusions and recommendations. The stakeholders’ role is to work with the evaluation team, participate in collecting additional information, and describe their experiences (Aubel,
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