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date: 24 May 2019

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The profession of educational and social program evaluation has expanded exponentially around the globe since the mid-1960s and continues to receive the considerable attention of theorists, methodologists, and practitioners. The literature on it is wide and deep, reflecting an array of definitions and conceptions of purpose and social role. The chapter discusses these topics and several others, including opinions about the choice of methods, some of which are used primarily within evaluation approaches to conducting evaluation; the aspects of programs that evaluators typically address; the concept of value; the differences between evaluation and social science research; research on evaluation topics; and the major evaluation issues and concerns that have dominated discussion in the literature over the years

Keywords: educational program evaluation, social program evaluation, evaluand, evaluation purposes, evaluation roles, evaluation methods, evaluation models and approaches, qualitative methods in evaluation, research on evaluation, evaluation profession

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