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The second edition of The Program Evaluation Standards was published in 1994, subsequent to its initial release in 1981 as the Standards for Evaluations of Educational Programs, Projects, and Materials. These standards are the work of the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation, housed at the Evaluation Center, Western Michigan University.

The Program Evaluation Standards provide a guide for evaluating a broad range of educational activities and were written to inform both evaluators and evaluation users. The standards are organized around four areas: utility, feasibility, propriety, and accuracy. The utility standards focus on the need for evaluation to serve the information needs of the evaluation users. The feasibility standards ensure that the evaluation is reasonable, prudent, and cost effective. The propriety standards provide direction for ...

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