Conceptual Use

Although instrumental use of evaluation refers to direct, attributable use of the evaluation results or process to inform decisions, conceptual use refers to the ways in which evaluation can have an impact on the way people think about the evaluand, on the issues it is designed to address (needs or problems), or on the way the evaluation should be conducted. Conceptual use of the evaluation process is particularly common when it involves development of a logic model. Conceptual use of the evaluation results is enhanced with a public archive of evaluation reports.

Patricia J.Rogers
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