Evaluation Glossary

Random Sampling

Drawing a number of items of any sort from a larger group or population so that every individual item has a specified probability to be chosen.


Yarbrough, D. B., Shulha, L. M., Hopson, R. K., and Caruthers, F. A. (2011). The program evaluation standards: A guide for evaluators and evaluation users (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Related Terms

Probability Sample
Random Assignment
Scientific Sample
Statistical Sample