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The early 1970s saw a proliferation of new models for evaluation, including some extrapolated from fields such as art, literature, and justice. Though still discussed as part of evaluation theory, only a few of these extrapolated approaches have thrived. Most seem to have gone extinct. The models based on jurisprudential procedures may be among the latter.

More specifically, in the Western approach to jurisprudence, hearings are among the chief methods of sorting out the most convincing conclusion from often incomplete or biased evidence. There are several variations. Hearings can be used for clarification or illumination purposes without a decision being reached, such as hearings before Congressional committees. Hearings can be used for review purposes, such as hearings on the fitness of candidates for key appointments. Hearings ...

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