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Writing Evaluative Essays
Choose a subject that you know something about and about which you have an opinion
Decide what you overall judgment is: good or bad or a little of both?
Formulate a thesis that states your overall judgment
Or, more likely. .
Some good but overall bad
Some bad but overall good
Build body paragraphs to support your thesis
Perhaps establish criteria for excellence regarding your subject?
Your own reasons and examples
Outside sources: facts, statistics, quotations from experts
Play the critic, but be informed and fair-minded
Consider using some of these development strategies
Cause and effect
While your primary purpose is to persuade, remember the possible purposes of any essay
The particular shape of a formative evaluation will depend on the context, including the program being evaluated and the resources available. A well-developed form of formative evaluation is described in the Action-Evaluation essay. Other forms of formative evaluation may be more appropriate where it is not possible to involve all stakeholders as consistently as is preferable in a full action-evaluation approach. For example, a training team might discuss amongst themselves the progress in their week-long training every evening, but involve the participants in an explicit formative evaluation for a short session in the middle of the training. Formative evaluation does not need to take over a project and infuse itself into every aspect of the work, but should be incorporated to the extent that it can improve work.