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Introduction

The relation between psychological assessment and programme evaluation is a reciprocal one: a great many programme evaluations, especially in the educational and mental health fields, use some kind of psychological test, or other psychological methodology such as focus groups, in order to gather data; and, on the other hand, any systematic use of psychological assessment is a programme and hence a candidate for programme evaluation. For example, the use of test-based, simulation-based, or explicit psychological assessment by a clinician in the hiring or promoting process needs to be, and has occasionally been, evaluated seriously, since the impact on the bottom line (and other matters) is in fact quite variable, despite the intuition of many psychologists that it will be positive. Of course, any other changes ...

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