English

The article describes the evolution of evaluation from its traditional meaning to a more generic application in the Government of Alberta since 1994. The major influences in this transition have been business planning with its emphasis on performance measurement, more open government, an emphasis on practicality, scrutiny, the "empowerment" wave, and a strategic, forward-looking focus. The article concludes that the application of traditional evaluation will remain inconsistent, but the application of evaluative activities will increase.

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29-44