A Protocol for Participatory Data Use

Jane Buckley, Elyse Postlewaite, Thomas Archibald, Miriam R. Linver, Jennifer Urban

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The purpose of this paper is to offer both theoretical and practical support to evaluation professionals preparing to facilitate the utilization phase of evaluation with a program or organization team. The Systems Evaluation Protocol for Participatory Data Use (SEPPDU) presented here is rooted in a partnership approach to evaluation and is therefore designed as a way to structure conversations and facilitate thinking around data interpretation and decision making. The SEPPDU is presented in three main parts: (a) summarizing evaluation results, (b) interpreting results, and (c) planning for action. This paper describes specific and practical tips for the facilitation of each part based on field experience in a variety of settings.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
StateAccepted/In press - 2024


  • collaborative evaluation
  • evaluation capacity building
  • interpretation
  • participatory evaluation
  • utilization


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