A. What is Meant by Assessment and Evaluation

Assessment is the process of systematically gathering information as part of an evaluation. Evaluation is a broader term that refers to all of the methods used to find out what happens as a result of using a specific intervention or practice. The knowledge that practitioners and families gain as a result of evaluating a practice through assessment helps them understand the effects of the practice, make appropriate changes, or plan a different practice, if needed.

To learn how well the assistive technology interventions are working, Ms. Mary will need to gather assessment information to help her evaluate how Sophie’s implementation plan is working.