What is evaluation?

Evaluation: Thinking Beyond Measurement

Evaluation is more than measurement. Good evaluation provides clear answers to important questions, so that action can be taken. Evaluation answers questions about how good something is, and whether it is good enough (Davidson, 2013). Explicit evaluative reasoning gives us the means to provide valid, transparent answers to those questions.

The following diagram illustrates one form of evaluative reasoning in practice.

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To find out more about evaluation, visit ANZEA (Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association) and download the free report What is Evaluation? A Brief Introduction.