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Chapter 73: Programme Evaluation
Human problems are solved sometimes by enlisting people's participation in programmes that intend to enhance their health, quality of life and social and [Page 244]economic prospects. Programme evaluation uses scientific methods to assess the process, outcomes, impact and costs of these programmes. Evaluations also aim to provide accurate answers to questions like:
- Have all planned programme outcomes been achieved?
- What are the resources that are needed for the programme to achieve its outcomes?
- Have all programme participants benefited from the achievement? How long must participants wait for benefits to occur?
- How long do the programme's effects last?
- Do the benefits of programme participation outweigh the costs?
Evaluations are almost always conducted in ‘real-life’ situations in which some eligible people may not participate in all of the programme's activities, while ...