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An indicator is the operationalization of a variable used in an evaluation. It is what is measured to signify performance. For example, if an intelligence quotient is a variable, its indicator might be the score on a Stanford-Binet test. Indicators are descriptions of what can be empirically observed that will signal the occurrence of the aspect or facet of the evaluand under study.

M. F. Smith
10.4135/9781412950558.n270
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