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Introduction

Programme evaluation is a common practice in public and private organizations in the western world. It is an essential step, and the final one when actions are carried out to solve a social problem. Rossi and Freeman (1993) defined programme evaluation as the systematic application of social research procedures for assessing the conceptualization, design, implementation, and utility of social interventions programs (Rossi & Freeman, 1993: 5).

However, before evaluating a programme, we must inquire about the need for the evaluation. Wholey (Wholey, Scanlon, Duffy, Fukumoto & Vogt, 1970; Wholey, 1983, 1987) described this question as evaluability assessment.

The concept of evaluability assessment emerged in the context of the problems Wholey and his colleagues experienced when they were working at the Urban Institute of Washington in the early ...

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