Clarification of Concepts and Terms Commonly used in Evaluative Research

  • Karen M. Hennigan
  • Brian R. Flay
  • Richard A. Haag


It is useful to distinguish between evaluation in general and evaluative research in particular. In the broadest sense, evaluation is the process of generating information about the operations and impact of implemented programs or policies. When a particular program is being evaluated this general process is often called program evaluation. Evaluative research is the application of scientific, empirical research methods to program evaluation leading to logically defensible, causal statements about the effectiveness of a program. Thus, evaluative research can be considered a subset of the more general process of evaluation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen M. Hennigan
    • 1
    • 3
  • Brian R. Flay
    • 1
    • 4
  • Richard A. Haag
    • 2
  1. 1.Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  3. 3.University of Southern CaliforniaUSA
  4. 4.University of WaterlooOntarioCanada

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