From the beginning: negotiation in community evaluation.

Sharkey, S. and Sharples, A., 2008. From the beginning: negotiation in community evaluation. Evaluation, 14 (3), pp. 363-380.

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DOI: 10.1177/1356389008090860


This article focuses on negotiation and discusses its relevance for evaluators. Given the impetus for participatory evaluation, evaluators would benefit from improving skills that enable them to make collaborative decisions and work alongside stakeholders, in particular in community evaluations. Negotiation skills are explored through post hoc reflection of a Sure Start programme evaluation in a UK setting. Literature on stakeholder involvement and negotiation is discussed together with the UK evaluation. Recommendations are made on how to utilize elements of negotiation in community programme evaluation. Key skills are highlighted, including attention to: working with emotional situations, face-giving, rapport and creativity, timing, perceptions and improvisation.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:case study, community evaluation, negotiation skills, relationship building, stakeholder involvement
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Social Work
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:1361
Deposited On:06 Dec 2007
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 14:36


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