Cutting through the jargon

All those working in the social sector tend to use common terms in specific ways – and not always the same specific way! Download our updated and extended glossary and use it to help you navigate the jargon associated with a wide range of evaluation concepts, tools and techniques. The glossary gives a brief definition and explanation for each term, and lists some alternatives or synonyms you might also come across.

We intend to keep adding to the glossary, so if you have a word or phrase that you think should be included, email it to us at

Last update: 26 Oct 2017