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Evaluation

Evaluation can be defined as disciplined inquiry to determine the worth or merit of things, where things may include programs, products, procedures, or objects. Although there is agreement about the desirability of conducting evaluations that lead to such value judgments, there are numerous related evaluation activities and models that do or do not do so. Those have been called pseudo-evaluations because they lack such judgments. These less-than-formal evaluations may be a piece of a larger set of evaluative activities, or they may be self-contained studies that do not identify the value issues embedded in what is being evaluated. In addition, it is possible that they are based on points of view that eschew making judgments of worth. These differences of opinion emerge from the ...

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