Working Definition of Evaluation: We Want Your Input

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I think the definition is accurate, but not very engaging for the purpose of promoting our profession. I the focus should be more on the end-goals of evaluation. To me, that is the betterment of people's lives. I would propose something like, "Evaluation systematically studies social initiatives to identify what will best improve people's lives."

Hope that helps.

This is an interesting comment, Paul. I am not sure that everyone agrees that evaluation is necessarily aimed at improving people's lives, however. And we are trying to build a definition that all evaluators will relate to. Yours is a good idea, though.
johnson_marc@videotron.ca's picture

À première vue, la formulation est effectivement assez "drabe", mais je pense qu'elle encapsule toutes les dimensions de l'évaluation et de ses différentes pratiques. Je ne sais pas si l'un de nos poètes saurait l'égayer?

Voilà qui est un beau défi! Est-ce que quelqu'un se sent poète? Nous sommes à l'écoute.

Benoît