Proxy Measure

A measure used in the course of an evaluation in place of something that either has not been or cannot be measured directly. For example, you may not be able to measure whether a program has decreased the rate of death from motor vehicle occupant injuries among children up to 4 years old, but you can measure the use of car seats for this group. An increase in correct car seat use indicates a decrease in death and disability due to motor vehicle occupant injury, thus making this a good proxy measure.

Jeffrey G.Tucker
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