Intended Uses

Intended Uses

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Evaluation findings and recommendations can be put to many uses. This may include programme improvement, making judgment of merit and worth , generating lessons learned about effectiveness, assuring accountability, testing programme theory and building organization capacity. The concept of intended use moves from a general idea of doing a useful evaluation to a specific and concrete focus on the priorities of intended use for a particular evaluation's primary intended users. The goal of the evaluation then becomes intended uses by intended users.[1]


  1. Patton, Q. Michael in Mathison, Sandra. Encyclopaedia of Evaluation, pp 206, Ed. University of British Columbia. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2005.