Thanks everyone for your responses.
I posed the question because I read something that I found to be very interesting regarding the definition of evaluation. It reads:
“Evaluation is the process that provides evidence that what is done makes a value-added difference in the service/care provided. Evaluation is defined as a systematic process by which the worth of value of something is judged.”
So in short the two are very different. An assessment can be evaluated or an assessment can give value to a services rendered.
Having said the above, do you think it is necessary for us as fitpros to evaluate the assessments we use with our clients?
not in the dictionary sense of the words where ‘to assess’ and so ‘evaluate’ are synonyms.
“Evaluate or estimate the nature, ability, or quality of: “the committee must assess the relative importance of the issues”.
Calculate or estimate the price or value of: “the damage was assessed at $5 billion”.
appraise – evaluate – estimate – rate – value – judge”
It would be up to individuals to make a distinction for themselves in how they choose to operate but to me those words mean the same.
Let’s first look at the “technical” difference. I think the distinction is more obvious in the field of teaching or instructional design wherein an assessment helps gauge understanding and present opportunities to improve curriculum. An example of an assessment in this instance would be a pop quiz that doesn’t count towards a grade or survey to see what the class thinks about a project underway. An evaluation, on the other hand, would be a measure or judgement of “value,” more or less the “result” of the training or curriculum (such as a final exam).
In my own work, I tend to use these words interchangeably, but that’s probably because I don’t necessarily encourage the kind of things that would require differentiation. I could go into more detail but that’s probably content for a completely different question.
I learned an interesting concept about “definitions” a number of years ago from one of my undergraduate professors. Basically, “definitions gain power from those who give it to them.” I’m curious to hear what others think about this idea and if they support or oppose it.