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Deshawn Smith on Untangling the Alphabet Soup of Evaluation Acronyms

My name is Deshawn Smith and I am a student and novice evaluator. I’ve been keeping a crib sheet for the past year with acronyms that I came across that were used by evaluators.

Lessons Learned: There is a lot of insider language related to evaluation and used by AEA. Here is a starter list to get through all the acronyms.

Do you have more acronyms to add? Please include them in the comments. I’d like to round out my list.

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  • josh · May 31, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    delivery sequence file (dsf)


  • josh · May 31, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    government accountability office (GAO); government performance and results act (GPRA); random digit dialing (RDD); address bases sampling (ABS); total survey error (TSE)


  • Admin comment by Susan Kistler · May 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Great post Deshawn! I’d add:

    IOCE: International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation. This is an international association of associations with reps from evaluation associations around the world. It focuses on supporting emerging evaluation associations.

    Anyone else have other acronyms to add?


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