Academic evaluation is not a discipline, but a field of professional practice. It is not in jeopardy in many academic settings because it fulfills a variety of valued roles other than the production of generalizable knowledge. Although a theory of evaluation practice will not transform evaluation into a discipline, it is needed to guide practice and to improve methodological development. Evaluation utilization is likely to be an important theme in any such theory of evaluation practice.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Business and International Management
- Social Psychology
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Strategy and Management
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health