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The contract for an evaluation is an agreement between the evaluator and the client in which both have certain roles and responsibilities. The client agrees to participate in the evaluation, approve the evaluation plan, review and approve the evaluation report, and provide the agreed on funding. The evaluator, in turn, agrees to complete certain work within a specified time period and budget; follow human subject protection guidelines; collect, store, and retrieve data; and edit and disseminate reports.

According to the Program Evaluation Standards, the following are components of this agreement: evaluation purpose, evaluation questions, listing of stakeholders, deliverables, data collection procedures, data analysis procedures, management plan, reporting plan, quality control procedures, timelines, budget, provisions for periodic review, contract amendment, and contract termination. In some evaluations, there ...

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