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Performance Evaluation: Proven Approaches for Improving Program and Organizational Performance by Ingrid Guerra-López

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CHAPTER 1

FOUNDATIONS OF EVALUATION

This chapter defines and describes evaluation and sets the frame for this book within the principles of performance improvement. Various kinds of evaluation, as well as some closely related processes, are differentiated from each other. The basic challenges that evaluators face are laid out, and the reason that stakeholder commitment is so important is examined. The benefits of evaluation to an organization are listed. Finally, definitions are provided for some key terms used throughout the book and in the evaluation field.

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