Do you ever wonder why the term “evaluation” is such a common word among so many organizations these days? This is due in part to the heightened level of accountability that has moved beyond expectation to obligation. Believing that evaluation focuses solely on a large number of people simply participating in a program is a thing of the past. Most programs are now interested in more meaningful outcomes—not just who showed up, but what did they learn and do as a result of participating?
Jones, Kenneth R., "Evaluation: Everyone Has a Role" (2015). Community and Economic Development Publications. Paper 1.