Establish decision making processes

A variety of groups may be established within the governance structure in order to advise on the evaluation.

Evaluation decisions are often made by a steering committee, with representatives from different stakeholder groups. An expert or technical reference group or an advisor with specific expertise might provide targeted advice. A diverse range of stakeholders with different perspectives might also be consulted about the scope of the evaluation or on specific issues such as the accuracy of the program logic or the interpretation of findings.

Control may be centralized in a specific manager or committee or it may be shared by a working party involving representatives from many different stakeholders.

It is important to be clear about the roles and responsibilities of steering committees and other stakeholders. They might have the following roles:

  • Advise – review material and make suggestions to others who make the decisions
  • Recommend – review material and suggestions and make recommendations to others who make the decisions
  • Decide – have final control over decisions in the evaluation


Types of structures

Ways of exploring issues

Ways of making decisions


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