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Evaluation report

The end product of an evaluation is expected to be a report. It constitutes the joint construction that emerges as the result of the evaluation; its synthesis. Many times the effort required to construct it goes further than the quality of the evaluation conducted. As evaluators we are not only asked to provide results but to disseminate them in the best way. According to this, the model also includes a set of general recommendations, emerged from the practice, on how to manage the final report of the evaluation of a CSCL system. For instance, the feedback from responsive evaluation studies is expected to be in forms and language attractive and comprehensible to various audiences. Thus, it should be advisable to consider it in the early stages of the evaluation in order to decide the kind of reports to be made. Narrative portrayals and textual testimony will be appropriate for some readers, social network analysis for others, or even regression analyses for others. A number of recommendations provided by the model have to do with procedural aspects that could be helpful for evaluators in order to give insight to their possible audiences. For example, it is common for responsive evaluation feedback to occur early and throughout the evaluation period, so evaluators should have to plan the writing of specific reports to concrete audiences that sometimes would help to refine the evaluation issues. Other critical aspects such as advocacy, credibility and triangulation are also taken into account in this final component of the model.