Evaluating community development programs: who speaks? who listens? who cares?
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Different types of evaluations, including utilization-focused, participatory, collaborative, and empowerment, have commonly been used to evaluate community development programs. None, however, appear to be entirely suited to community development programming due to the varying levels of stakeholder participation in the evaluation process. The purpose of this study was to understand how program evaluation can support community development programming. The evaluation processes of two programs operated by the Sexuality Education Resource Centre (SERC) were examined through semi-structured interviews, document analysis and participant observation. Findings showed that SERC successfully implemented evaluations that enhanced and supported community development programming through the development of strong partnerships with the community. The thesis provides additional strategies within a community development framework to highlight practices that may be useful for other community development programs.