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Program Evaluation

The task of assessing, in some sense, how well and how efficiently programs are meeting their stated objectives.

(Pal 2006, 323)


There are different types of program evaluations. Two categories of evaluations are:

Formative Evaluation is about program improvement and is an important part of the implementation process. It typically means working with program managers as the program is being implemented. (Pal, 2006, pp. 286.)

Summative Evaluation is the oversight once the program is close to completion, the purpose of which is accountability. (Pal, 2006, pp. 286.)


Pal, Leslie. 2006. Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times, 3rd ed. Toronto: Nelson Education.


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