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Chapter 32: Evaluation Research
Evaluation research is empirical research designed to assess the effectiveness of a programme, current practices or an intervention designed to bring about better outcomes. Evaluation research is designed primarily to assess practices or interventions according to how well they meet the initial goals of the practice or intervention.
Three types of social research are often distinguished – basic, applied and evaluation. Basic research is oriented towards basic knowledge and discovery, regardless of the immediate application of the knowledge. Such research typically is designed to develop and evaluate theories and develop causal explanations of phenomena. Applied research is directed more towards the discovery of solutions to current problems and to guide policymakers in developing solutions. Evaluation research is less oriented to discovery and designing solutions ...