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The key evaluation questions serve as a guide for the evaluation. As such, they indicate the scope of the evaluation and can communicate to stakeholders and other audiences the focus of the evaluation. Thus it is important that such key questions should appear as part of the contract and the evaluation plan.

One approach to developing the key evaluation questions involves holding one or more meetings with the primary stakeholder. Another approach involves meetings with all of the various levels of stakeholders. In either case, numerous questions are likely to be generated. The evaluator must then, with the approval of the primary stakeholder or in conjunction with the primary stakeholder, identify the key questions. This can be done by (a) grouping questions by themes or categories, ...

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