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The concept of assessment is widely utilised throughout society and appears to have various applications related to attributing worth or value to someone or something, whether this is to see how much tax one pays, the value of a treasured possession, or indeed whether an individual is entitled to certain (often limited) services (Department of Health, 2001, 2009). The defining characteristics of assessment are that it is an iterative process reliant upon the skills of the assessor to ascertain the value and the assessee to demonstrate their worth. Doing so involves sophisticated communication processes and a detailed knowledge of what worth and value mean in the appropriate context in order to produce data that are accurate. In the arenas of health, education and social ...

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