CEDIL Methods Brief 5

Engaging stakeholders to co-design rigorous and relevant research and evaluation

There are many methods for engaging various stakeholders in co-designing rigorous and relevant research and evaluation. But it is not always clear which methods suit different circumstances and contexts. Moreover, there is a wide range of actors who have an interest in the framing, approach or outcome of research. Navigating between and among these stakeholders requires some political awareness, as well as clarity on the application of the research.

The CEDIL Methods Brief, ‘Engaging stakeholders to co-design rigorous and relevant research and evaluation’, helps researchers consider the options for working with stakeholders and engaging them with the research process and each other when planning or conducting research, or interpreting research findings in order to make actionable recommendations. 

The brief is based on a CEDIL Methods Working Paper which developed a framework for selecting appropriate methods of engagement by synthesising literature and interviewing a range of stakeholders.

Suggested citation: Oliver, S., Conroy, K., Umayam, H., Maugham, C., Roche, C., Langer, L., Nduku, P., Bradley, T., Bangpan, M., Kneale, D. 2021. Engaging stakeholders to co-design rigorous and relevant research and evaluation. CEDIL Methods Brief 5. Oxford and London: CEDIL. Available at: https://doi.org/10.51744/CMB5

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