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  • Evidence
    Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Evidence E vidence consists of the specifics you use to reach your conclusion or judgment For example if you judge that La Cocina s green chile is superb on the basis of the criterion Good green chile is so fiery that you can barely eat it you might offer evidence

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  • Comparison and Contrast
    Effects of Audience Parts of an Evaluation Overall Claim Supporting Judgments Criteria Evidence Comparison and Contrast Determining Relative Worth Using Comparison and Contrast Effectively The Process of Writing an Evaluation Choosing a Topic for Evaluation Brainstorming Possible Judgments Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Comparison and Contrast C omparison and contrast is the process of positioning an item or concept being evaluated among other like items or concepts We are all familiar with this technique as it s used in the marketing of products soft drink taste tests comparisons of laundry detergent effectiveness and the like It is a way of determining the value of something in relation to comparable things For example if you have made the judgment that La Cocina s green chile is superb and you have offered evidence of the spiciness and the flavor of the chile you might also use comparison by giving your audience a scale on which to base judgment La Cocina s chile is even more fiery and flavorful than Manuel s which is by no means a walk in the park

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  • The Process of Writing an Evaluation
    Claim Supporting Judgments Criteria Evidence Comparison and Contrast The Process of Writing an Evaluation Choosing a Topic for Evaluation Brainstorming Possible Judgments Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations The Process of Writing an Evaluation A variety of writing assignments call for evaluation Bearing in mind the various approaches that might

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  • Choosing a Topic for Evaluation
    Evidence Comparison and Contrast The Process of Writing an Evaluation Choosing a Topic for Evaluation Brainstorming Possible Judgments Defining Criteria Collecting Evidence Applying Criteria Organizing the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Choosing a Topic for Evaluation S ometimes your topic for evaluation will be dictated by the writing assignment you have been given Other times though you will be required to choose your own topic Common sense tells you that it is best to choose something about which you already have a base knowledge For instance if you are a skier you might want to evaluate a particular model of skis In addition it is best to choose something that is tangible observable and or researchable For example if you chose a topic like methods of sustainable management of forests you would know that there would be research to support your evaluation Likewise if you chose to evaluate a film like Pulp Fiction you could rent the video and watch it several times in order to get the evidence you needed However you would have fewer options if you were to choose an abstract concept like loyalty

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  • Brainstorming Possible Judgments
    Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Brainstorming Possible Judgments O nce you have chosen a topic you might begin your evaluation by thinking about what you already know about the topic In doing this you will be coming up with possible judgments to include in your evaluation Begin with a tentative overall judgment or claim Then decide what supporting judgments you might make to back that claim Keep in mind that your judgments will likely change as you collect evidence for your evaluation Determining a Tentative Overall Judgment Start by making an overall judgment on the topic in question based on what you already know For instance if you were writing an evaluation of sustainable management practices in forestry your tentative overall judgment might be Sustainable management is a viable way of dealing with deforestation in old growth forests Brainstorming Possible Supporting Judgments With a tentative overall judgment in mind you can begin to brainstorm judgments or reasons that could support your overall judgment by asking the question Why For example asking Why of the tentative overall judgment Sustainable management is a viable way of dealing with deforestation in old growth forests might yield the following supporting judgments Sustainable management allows for continued support of the logging industry It eliminates much unnecessary waste It is much better for the environment than unrestricted traditional forestry methods It is less expensive than these traditional methods Anticipating Changes to Your Judgments After Collecting Evidence When brainstorming possible judgments this early in the writing process it is necessary to keep an open mind as you enter into the stage in which you collect evidence Once you have done observations analysis or research you might find that you are unable to advance your tentative

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  • Defining Criteria
    come up with wellbeing of the logging industry conservation of resources wellbeing of the environment and cost you might include the criterion of preservation of the old growth forests Comparing Your Criteria with Those of Your Audience In deciding which criteria are most important to include in your evaluation it is necessary to consider the criteria your audience is likely to find important Let s say we are directing our evaluation of sustainable management methods toward an audience of loggers If we look at our list of criteria wellbeing of the logging industry conservation of resources wellbeing of the environment cost and preservation of the old growth forests we might decide that wellbeing of the logging industry and cost are the criteria most important to loggers At this point we would also want to identify additional criteria the audience might expect us to address perhaps feasibility labor requirements and efficiency Deciding Which Criteria Are Most Important Once you have developed a long list of possible criteria for judging your subject in this case sustainable management methods you will need to narrow the list since it is impractical and ineffective to use of all possible criteria in your essay To decide which criteria to address determine which are least dispensable both to you and to your audience Your own criteria were wellbeing of the logging industry conservation of resources wellbeing of the environment cost and preservation of the old growth forests Those you anticipated for your audience were feasibility labor requirements and efficiency In the written evaluation you might choose to address those criteria most important to your audience with a couple of your own included For example your list of indispensable criteria might look like this wellbeing of the logging industry cost labor requirements efficiency conservation of resources and preservation

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  • Collecting Evidence
    order to investigate the subject of sustainable management methods you would more than likely have to research whether these methods stand up to the criteria you have established wellbeing of the logging industry cost labor requirements time efficiency conservation of resources and preservation of the old growth forests However library research is only one of the techniques evaluators use Depending on the type of evaluation being made the evaluator might use such methods as observation field research and analysis Thinking About What You Already Know The best place to start looking for evidence is with the knowledge you already possess To do this you might try brainstorming clustering or freewriting ideas Library Research When you are evaluating policies issues or products you will usually need to conduct library research to find the evidence your evaluation requires It is always a good idea to check journals databases and bibliographies relevant to your subject when you begin research It is also helpful to speak with a reference librarian about how to get started Observation When you are asked to evaluate a performance event place object or person one of the best methods available is simple observation What makes observation not so simple is the need to focus on criteria you have developed ahead of time If for instance you are reviewing a student production of Hamlet you will want to review your list of criteria perhaps quality of acting costumes faithfulness to the text set design lighting and length of time before intermission before attending the play During or after the play you will want to take as many notes as possible keeping these criteria in mind Field Research To expand your evaluation beyond your personal perspective or the perspective of your sources you might conduct your own field research Typical field

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  • Applying Criteria
    the Evaluation Writing the Draft Guidelines for Revision Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Academic Evaluations Applying Criteria A fter developing a list of indispensable criteria you will need to test the subject according to these criteria At this point it will probably be necessary to collect evidence through research analysis or observation to determine for example whether sustainable management methods would hold up to the criteria

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