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Interpretation involves explaining findings, attaching significance to particular results, making inferences, drawing conclusions, and presenting patterns within a clear and orderly framework. It occurs after description has taken place and begins after the evaluator has extracted meaning from, and has tried to make sense of, data from transcripts, photographs, and statistics. Interpretation can also arise from a need to make comparisons across cases, examine causes and consequences, and answer particular evaluation questions. For interpretations to be considered trustworthy and viable, the evaluator will need to use techniques such as seeking alternative explanations, carrying out negative case analysis, and peer debriefing.

Rosalind Hurworth
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