Challenges of Examining Assumptions
The process of explicating assumptions requires an analytical stakeholder response rather than an empathetic, responsive, and intuitive stance. Developing and questioning the underlying assumptions of a program’s theory can be threatening to stakeholders for reasons outlined in this chapter. Therefore, the process should be done sensitively and collaboratively, so that it strengthens the program without dampening enthusiasm or weakening stakeholder commitment.
KeywordsAssumptions explication challenges Nature of implicit assumptions Implications of assumption-explication Unknown unknowns Prioritizing assumptions
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