Evaluation FAQs:


Q: Is a evaluation a systematic determination of a subject's merit?

A: Yes, and worth and significance, using criteria governed by a set of standards.

Q: Is a evaluation the structured interpretation and giving of meaning to predicted or actual impacts of proposals or results?

A: Yes.

Q: Are evaluations provided by particular bodies with a stake in conclusions of the evaluation?

A: Yes, and this is seen as potentially compromising the independence of the evaluator.

Q: Is a evaluation often used to characterize and appraise subjects of interest in a wide range of human enterprises?

A: Yes, and including the arts, criminal justice, foundations, non-profit organizations, government, health care, and other human services.

Q: Is an evaluation protected?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an evaluation a term from the field of language testing?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a evaluation methodologically diverse?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an evaluation not part of a unified theoretical framework?

A: Yes, and drawing on a number of disciplines, which include management and organisational theory, policy analysis, education, sociology, social anthropology, and social change.

Q: Is an evaluation comprehensive and timely?

A: Yes, and thus serves to provide maximal benefit and use to stakeholders.

Q: Is a evaluation inherently a theoretically informed approach?

A: Yes, and consequently any particular definition of evaluation would have be tailored to its context – the theory, needs, purpose, and methodology of the evaluation process itself.