GAO Glossary of Terms and Definitions (September 2005)

Program Evaluation

An individual systematic study conducted periodically or on an ad hoc basis to assess how well a program is working. It is often conducted by experts external to the program, either inside or outside the agency, as well as by program managers. A program evaluation typically examines achievement of program objectives in the context of other aspects of program performance or in the context in which it occurs. (See also Performance Budgeting; Performance and Accountability Report under Performance Budgeting; Government Performance and Results Act.)

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Program and Financing Schedule


Program, Project, or Activity (PPA)