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Assessment vs Evaluation

What is the difference between an assessment and an evaluation?

Why is it important to know an institution's mission and philosophy before developing assessments?

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1. What is the difference between an assessment and an evaluation?

Evaluation is to determine significance or worth or judge the effectiveness of the overall business programs and projects (Are they working?). There is formative (beginning) and summative (end) evaluation (see example 1 below).

Assessment is to determine a rate or amount and is used as an activity to measure aspects of projects, employee performance and other human characteristics, such as to determine if they are working towards the mission (see example 3). It might be used to assess the needs during program development. It might be used to assess workers performance or some aspect of a program (see example 2).

Example1: Evaluation

HIVQUAL National Core Indicators

Quality indicators currently measured in the National HIVQUAL Project are:
?Clinical Visits
?HIV Specialist Care
?ARV Therapy Management
?Adherence Assessment
?HIV Monitoring
?Lipid Screening
?Gynecology Care
?PCP Prophylaxis
?STD Management
?TB Screening
?Hepatitis C (HCV) Screening (pilot)
?Dental Care
?Substance Use Screening
?Tobacco Use ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains the difference between an assessment and an evaluation and, also, why it is important to know an institution's mission and philosophy before developing assessments.

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