MEASURE Evaluation (2011). Stakeholder Engagement Tool. North Chapel, NC: MEASURE Evaluation, USAID.
Relevance for Public Health
The Stakeholder Engagement Tool was developed to support research, monitoring and evaluation initiatives, but it can inform any initiative that requires the input and resources of multiple stakeholders. For instance, this tool could be used to inform decision making in a large-scale program review process in a public health unit.
This tool provides a systematic approach to stakeholder analysis and engagement. Effective stakeholder analysis includes appropriate stakeholders at key stages of an initiative, such that the right people have useful information at the right time to inform decision making. Developed by MEASURE Evaluation, this Stakeholder Engagement Tool is a two-part tool with guiding principles, case examples and an implementation checklist to support groups in analyzing their stakeholders as part of program planning.
Stakeholder analysis involves collecting and organizing qualitative data on the interests, behaviour, intentions and influence of different actors in relation to a particular issue (IRDC, 2008; click here to see a summary statement on this resource). Stakeholder analysis is used to support moving research evidence into practice in public health (Aarons et al., 2009).
The Stakeholder Engagement Tool consists of two parts:
- Part 1: Stakeholder Analysis Matrix (for planning phases)
- Part 2: Stakeholder Engagement Plan (for implementation and follow-up)
Part 2 also includes guiding principles, sample templates of completed projects and an implementation checklist (creating a stakeholder engagement plan).
Accessing the Method/Tool
Implementing the Method/Tool
Time for Participation/Completion
Information not available
Depends on the scope of the initiative.
Additional Resources and/or Skills Needed for Implementation
This tool requires knowledge of key influential people among stakeholder groups.
Steps for Using Method/Tool
This tool provides a structured approach to stakeholder analysis to inform planning decisions. It documents the following steps in stakeholder analysis:
- Identify stakeholders
- Define stakeholder roles and resources
- Identify dynamics among stakeholders
- Establish the optimal stakeholder group
- Create a stakeholder engagement plan
- Monitor stakeholder engagement
The tool can be used in hardcopy or electronic form to facilitate sharing among stakeholder groups.
Who is involved
Two primary groups are identified as users of the tool: program managers and other decision-makers who participate as respondents of the tool; and the core project management team (based at the sponsoring organization) that oversees the stakeholder engagement process.
Conditions for Use
Evaluation and Measurement Characteristics
Information not available
Method of Development
MEASURE Evaluation is funded by the US Agency for International Development. It supports international capacity building in monitoring and evaluation in population, health and nutrition research. MEASURE Evaluation uses data collection and analysis to improve program planning and decision making, to ultimately improve health systems and health status. This organization provides a number of resources and tools over a broad range of topics, including monitoring and evaluation systems, GIS, etc. To access their full suite of tools, click here.
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