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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Evaluate'

Evaluate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    evaluate v : place a value on; judge the worth of something; "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional" [syn: measure, valuate, assess, appraise, value]
Evaluate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Evaluate \E*val"u*ate\, v. t. [See Evaluation.] To fix the value of; to rate; to appraise.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Evaluate'

Evaluation is systematic determination of merit, worth, and significance of something or someone using criteria against a set of standards. Evaluation often is used to characterize and appraise subjects of interest in a wide range of human enterprises, including the arts, criminal justice, foundations and non-profit organizations, government, health care, and other human services.

The definition of systematic evaluation is often problematic and it can not be argued that evaluation does not need a definition. Practical problems are not due to a lack of a definition but rather are a result of attempting to define evaluation.

Within the last three decades there have been tremendous theoretical and methodological developments within the field of evaluation (Hurteau, Houle, & Mongiat, 2009) postulates that the strict adherence to a set of methodological assumptions may make the field of evaluation more acceptable to a mainstream audience but this adherence will work towards preventing evaluators from developing new strategies for dealing with the myriad problems that programs face.

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* Being intelligent is not a felony, but most societies evaluate it as at least a misdemeanor. - Lazarus Long

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