evaluation vs research

Week 19: Ways of framing the difference between research and evaluation

Patricia Rogers's picture 9th May 2014 by Patricia Rogers
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One of the challenges of working in evaluation is that important terms (like ‘evaluation’, ‘impact’, ‘indicators’,  ‘monitoring’  and so on ) are defined and used in very different ways by different people.   Sometimes the same word is used but to mean quite different things; other times different words are used to mean the same thing. And, most importantly, many people are simply unaware that other people use these words in these different ways.