An attempt to determine whether or not the questions raised by a given analytical agenda for an evaluation are at all answerable by an evaluator using appropriate research methods. See also analytical agenda, evaluability, evaluation project.
An evaluability assessment is a systematic process used to determine the feasibility of a program evaluation. It also helps determine whether conducting a program evaluation will provide useful information that will help improve the management of a program and its overall performance.
Negotiation and investigation undertaken jointly by the evaluator, the evaluation sponsor, and possibly other stakeholders to determine if a program meets the preconditions for evaluation and, if so, how the evaluation should be designed to ensure maximum utility.
A way of determining to what extent an evaluation is possible by examining program goals and objectives, available and collectable program data, and program activities.
A tool used to determine if a program is ready to take part in a process or outcome evaluation.