Functions of the evaluation proposal in preordinate and emergent studies

Nick L. Smith

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Proposals satisfy a number of functions in evaluation work. They may serve as a work plan, a basis for a contract, a request for commitment, evidence of ability, an evaluative criterion, and, most importantly, to justify the conduct of the study. This article examines how these functions differ depending on whether the proposal concerns a preordinate study in which methods are pre specified, or an emergent study in which decisions about methods are made as the study proceeds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-24
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Evaluation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Strategy and Management


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