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Glossary: Outcome evaluation

Term

Outcome evaluation 

Definition

a type of evaluation that is concerned with determining if, and by how much, program activities or services achieved their intended outcomes among the targeted population. Whereas outcome monitoring is helpful and necessary in knowing whether outcomes were attained, outcome evaluation attempts to attribute observed changes among the targeted population to the intervention tested, describe the extent or scope of program outcomes, and indicate what might happen in the absence of the program. An outcome evaluation is methodologically rigorous and generally requires a comparative element in design, such as a control or comparison group, although it is possible to use statistical techniques in some instances when control groups are not available (e.g., for a national program).

Type of Term

Monitoring and Evaluation 

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Prepared by the Evaluation Technical Working Group of the
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group
June 2008
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Created at 9/3/2008 1:24 PM  by Nkateko Okwera 
Last modified at 9/3/2008 1:24 PM  by Nkateko Okwera 
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