(in relation to managing performance) A systematic and objective assessment of an on-going or completed project, activity or policy. Evaluations are undertaken to (a) improve the performance of existing interventions or policies, (b) assess their effects and impacts, and (c) inform decisions about future programming. Evaluations are formal analytical endeavours involving systematic collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative information. Related term:monitoring.

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Last updated: 13 January 2016