A formal contract is needed to engage an external evaluator. A written agreement covering similar issues can also be used to document agreements about an internal evaluator.
Contracts should state clearly the purpose and questions of the evaluation, the agreed deliverables and timelines, the obligations of each party (in terms of services to be provided and ethical obligations, including confidentiality requirements), and processes for project management, including dispute resolution.
- Sample Simple Contract : This example of an evaluation contract is from the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Library. Available for download and reuse under the creative commons license.
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