The roles of evaluation in academic settings

Nick L. Smith

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-427
Number of pages3
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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