Evaluation policy: An introduction

Nicholas R. Hart, Melvin M. Mark

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Evaluation policy involves the dictates that guide the planning, conduct, and use of evaluation in any organization. It is – or at least should be – a central concern to those involved with evaluation. Evaluation policy shapes what evaluation practice looks like, while enabling or constraining what it can accomplish. This chapter offers a brief and selective history of evaluation policy in the United States. A description of the American Evaluation Association's activities regarding evaluation policy follows. The chapter then sets the stage for the other contributions in the current set of papers about evaluation policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-16
Number of pages8
JournalNew Directions for Evaluation
Issue number173
StatePublished - Mar 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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