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evaluation

(programming)
1. Converting an expression into a value using some reduction strategy.

2. The process of examining a system or system component to determine the extent to which specified properties are present.

evaluation

a practice aimed at assessing worth or value, particularly of projects and services. The process can be viewed as objectively measuring value using quasi-scientific methods (see PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, AUDIT) or conversely, more subjectively-orientated reports and commentaries, especially drawing on QUALITATIVE RESEARCH TECHNIQUES. A further distinction can be drawn between evaluation which takes place during the lifetime of a programme, with the aim of improving the way in which it operates (see FORMATIVE EVALUATION) and evaluation that takes place at the end of a project or fixed period of time, and retrospectively states how well it has performed (see SUMMATIVE EVALUATION). The need for accountability -including evaluation – has increased as a result of THATCHERISM e.g. the introduction of the PURCHASER PROVIDER SPLIT, especially in welfare services formerly provided by the public sector.

evaluation

The process of assessing capabilities and the suitability of an aircraft, weapons, systems, or equipment under consideration, including comparing it with similar equipment for procurement purposes.