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Program Evaluation

Program evaluation is a systematic review of policies and programs aimed at evaluating their efficacy and effectiveness. Efficacy refers to a program’s ability to produce its intended effect, whereas effectiveness refers to a program’s ability to produce beneficial effects relative to comparable programs. Both effectiveness and efficacy are key points of interest when conducting program evaluation because it is essentially the ability to answer two core questions: “Does this program work?” and “Does this program work as well as or better than what is currently available?” Efficacy and effectiveness are important because they establish a program’s or project’s worth. In both the public and private sectors, projects and programs are approved for funding because data support the claims of these projects and programs. This entry ...

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