Toward the justification of claims in evaluation research

Nick L. Smith

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Four types of claims generally arise in evaluation research: research claims, policy claims, evaluation claims, and management claims. The relationships among these types of claims can be seen both in the similarity of the questions under the types, and in their inlerrelatedness in making evaluation recommendations. By construing these claims as question-answer propositions, it is possible to identify the specific kinds of questions associated with each of the four types of claims. Under this view, evaluation research is predominantly a form of applied inquiry, and the justification of evaluation claims becomes the validation of question-answer propositions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-314
Number of pages6
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1987

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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