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Stakeholders Involved in Evaluation

Many different stakeholders and community partners play an important role in the success of rural HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment programs. These stakeholders may interact with people living with HIV or people at high risk of acquiring HIV. They may also be the audience for the results of an evaluation.

Stakeholders include individuals or organizations with a vested interest in the program and its outcomes, such as:

  • Those who are involved with the program (clinicians, program staff, program managers, health departments, clients, partner organizations)
  • Those who will make decisions about the program based on the findings of the evaluation (funders, elected officials, advocacy groups)
  • Those who interact with people living with or at high risk of acquiring HIV (social services, including governmental and not-for-profit agencies, local law enforcement, justice system, faith-based organizations)
  • Those who are served by the program (people living with HIV/AIDS, their families, and the public)

Resources to Learn More

Developing an Effective Evaluation Plan: Setting the Course for Effective Program Evaluation
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Written for public health program managers and administrators, this workbook discusses the benefits of including stakeholders in the evaluation. Includes several exercises that will guide programs through the process of identifying stakeholders and determining how best to work with them throughout the evaluation.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Date: 2011

Evaluation Guide for HIV Testing and Linkage Programs in Non-Clinical Settings
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Developed for HIV program planners, program managers, and HIV testing staff members interested in evaluating the effectiveness of their programs. Discusses important preparatory work needed prior to conducting an evaluation and walks the reader through the CDC Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health as used in this context. Contains an extensive section on identifying and engaging with stakeholders, including exercises to guide the planning process.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention

Identifying and Determining Involvement of Stakeholders
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Suggests how to identify and engage relevant stakeholders for a HIV/STD prevention program. Includes examples of potential stakeholders for readers to consider, as well as some key questions to ask stakeholders before and during the evaluation process.
Organization(s): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention