"Evaluation is a methodological area that is closely related to, but distinguishable from more traditional social research. Evaluation utilizes many of the same methodologies used in traditional social research, but because evaluation takes place within a political and organizational context, it requires group skills, management ability, political dexterity, sensitivity to multiple stakeholders and other skills that social research in general does not rely on as much."
Source: Research Methods Knowledge Base
"Evaluation is about using monitoring and other information you collect to make judgements about your project. It is also about using the information to make changes and improvements."
Source: Charities Evaluation Services
"In the voluntary sector people work hard, have little money, are very committed, and care a lot...some how it must be good...BUT at end of the day what difference does the work make?
The answers to these questions are discovered through evaluation."
Source: Evaluation Trust