Evaluation Glossary

Utilization-Focused Evaluation

Utilization-focused evaluation (U-FE) is a comprehensive decision framework for designing and implementing an evaluation to fit a particular situation and, in that situation, meet the information needs of primary intended users to enhance their intended use of the evaluation. U-FE begins with the premise that evaluations should be judged by their utility and actual use.


Patton, M.Q. (2008) Utilization-Focused Evaluation, 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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