Identify Your Stakeholders
This activity is concerned with identifying all of the people and groups who are involved or have an interest in your project. You can then go on to try a method for deciding how much and when to engage with the different groups. The outputs of these activities will help you to identify who to involve in your MEL, so keep your work handy and refer back to it throughout your MEL journey.
Activity 1: Identify stakeholders for your project
Use the Stakeholder Analysis table [LINK BELOW] to list the key individuals and groups that are participating in or have an interest in your project. Include those who hold some power or have influence over any aspect or area of that the project works in. Wherever possible, name a specific person, job title or group.
For each person or group, you will describe:
- What is their stake in the project? Why are they interested in your project and why do they want to be involved?
- How do (or could) they help (or hinder) your project? What do (or could) they add to your project? Do they have influence or power? Describe.
- How do (or could) they benefit from your project? What do (or could) they gain from the project and its work?
- How do you currently engage with this person or group?
Tip: If you need some help to get started, you could refer back to the list of types of stakeholders in the previous lesson.
Tip: If possible, involve colleagues and your leadership team in this process.
Tip: If you are planning to complete the table by hand, you will probably need to print several copies, as most projects have more than four stakeholders.
Stakeholder Analysis table PDF – UPDATE THIS TABLE – see G-Drive