Evaluation Standards

Evaluation Standards

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A set of criteria against which the completeness and quality of evaluation work can be assessed. The standards measure the utility, feasibility and propriety and accuracy of the evaluation. [1]

Evaluation standards must meet the following generally accepted criteria:

  1. Utility: seek to ensure that an evaluation will serve the information needs of intended users of the evaluation.
  2. Feasibility: seek to ensure that an evaluation will be carried out in a realistic, prudent, diplomatic, and frugal cost conscious manner.
  3. Propriety: seek to ensure that an evaluation is carried out in a legal and ethical manner and that the welfare of all stakeholders is given due attention.
  4. Accuracy: seek to ensure that an evaluation will reveal and convey technically adequate information about the features that determine the worth or merit of the programme or project being evaluated. [2][3][4]


  1. United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). Programme Manager's Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Toolkit, 2004.
  2. Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS). Monitoring, Evaluation and Consulting Division, 2006.
  3. Widmer, Thomas, et al. Evaluation Standards of the Swiss Evaluation Society, 2000.
  4. Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation. USA, 2010.