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Practice Advice in Evaluation and Performance Measurement

Identifying Main Participants for Evaluations (OECD)

Description:  Successful evaluations are based on collaboration between key participants (evaluators, users and stakeholders), under the leadership of a “commissioner”.

Commentary: 

  • Commissioners are organisations that commission evaluations. The commissioner plans the evaluation, monitors its progress, receives the evaluation report, and makes decisions about further action. Commissioners may be ministries or central government agencies (e.g., the Ministry of Finance or independent evaluation and audit organisations). In some cases the commissioner may also be the evaluator.
  • Evaluators are those organisations or individuals collecting and analysing data and judging the value of the evaluated subject.
  • Users of evaluation may be policy-makers, the budget office, auditors, policy or programme managers and staff, users of services, etc.
  • Stakeholders are those individuals or organisations that have an interest in the policy or programme being evaluated and the findings of the evaluation. Stakeholders and users are often the same actors.

 Source: OECD (1998). Best Practice Guidelines for Evaluation at http://www.oecd.org/governance/budgetingandpublicexpenditures/1902965.pdf (accessed 23 November, 2012).

Page Created By: Matthew Seddon on 23 November 2012. Updated by Ian Clark on 2 January 2013. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.

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