Program evaluation can take a variety of forms and serve a variety of purposes, ranging from helping to shape a program to learning lessons from its implementation or outcomes. Engaging stakeholders throughout the evaluation process improves the evaluation and positions these stakeholders to implement necessary changes as identified through the evaluation. Both participatory and empowerment evaluation are built on this insight and prescribe specific approaches to stakeholder involvement that are consistent with the principles of community engagement. Evaluating community-engaged partnerships in and of themselves is an emerging area. In addition, SNA and formal models of engagement may provide useful frameworks for evaluating engagement.
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