ERIC Number: EJ779484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
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What Makes an Evaluation Useful? Reflections from Experience in Large Organizations
Grasso, Patrick G.
American Journal of Evaluation, v24 n4 p507-514 2003
Evaluation units found in large organizations confront a number of impediments to the use of their findings and recommendations. These derive from both the formal roles they play and their own operating styles and processes. Drawing on experience at the U.S. General Accounting Office and the World Bank, this paper suggests that to improve the usefulness--and use--of their work, such units need to pay careful attention to the multiplicity of audiences they necessarily address, the divergent information needs of those audiences, and the timeliness of their work.
Descriptors: Information Needs, Audiences, Organizational Effectiveness, Evaluation, Evaluation Research, Reaction Time, Vocational Evaluation
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