An evaluation concerned with determining the essential effectiveness of programmes. Summative evaluations tend to be conducted for the benefit of external actors (groups who are not directly involved in the management of a programme), for reasons of accountability or to assist in the allocation of budgetary resources. See also evaluation, formative evaluation.
provides summary information about the outcomes or results of a project after activities or services have been operating for some time. A summative evaluation involves judgments of cause and effect, in particular the effectiveness and worth of a project’s activities in improving the problems being addressed.
Accountability evaluations provides documentation of program outcomes and end results. This information is critical in documenting program impact, making changes for future programs, and identifying additional goals and objectives for future programming.
Refers to methods of looking at the results or outcomes of a program to determine the extent to which the program or product met the stated goals and objectives. It also looks at the extent to which the program's accomplishments are the result of the activities provided or of the product's use. This can require the use of control groups or other statistical analysis to measure correlation among different variables. (This is also referred to as impact evaluation.)
occurs at the conclusion of instruction: end of unit and end of year, used to certify student achievements, used to assign end- of-term grades, used as the basis for promoting or sometimes grouping students, help determine whether teaching procedures should be changes before next year, summative assessments are based on formal assessment.
In summative evaluation, findings and recommendations are designed to accumulate all relevant assessments for a go/no-go decision. In resident evaluation, the summative evaluation is used to decide whether the resident qualifies to continue to the next training year, should be dropped from the program, or at the completion of the residency, should be recommended for board certification. In program evaluation, summative evaluation is used to judge whether the program meets the accepted standards for the purpose of continuing, restructuring, or discontinuing the program.
assessment that occurs at the completion of a course or project, which provides a summary account of its effectiveness and the extent to which it met its goals and objectives; contrast formative evaluation.
A review designed to judge the effectiveness of an activity in terms of its outcomes and impact. The focus may be on measuring outcomes and quantifying costs and benefits. It is often carried out at the end of a process by a person(s) who was not originally involved in the activity.
Judging student achievement on the basis of an examination or other instrument applied after completion of the course process. Taxonomy: A classification scheme, commonly applied to categorizing objectives. Teaching: The process of constructing a learning environment and managing the learners' interaction with it.
An evaluation designed to present conclusions about the merit or worth of a program or activity and recommendations about whether it should be continued, revised, or discontinued EHR/NSF Evaluation Handbook, Chapter Seven: GlossarySource web site