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The use and usability of evaluation outputs: a social practice approach. / Saunders, Murray.

In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, Vol. 18, No. 4, 4, 09.10.2012, p. 421-436.

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Saunders, M 2012, 'The use and usability of evaluation outputs: a social practice approach', Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, vol. 18, no. 4, 4, pp. 421-436. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356389012459113

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Saunders, M. (2012). The use and usability of evaluation outputs: a social practice approach. Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, 18(4), 421-436. [4]. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356389012459113

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Saunders M. The use and usability of evaluation outputs: a social practice approach. Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 2012 Oct 9;18(4):421-436. 4. https://doi.org/10.1177/1356389012459113

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Saunders, Murray. / The use and usability of evaluation outputs: a social practice approach. In: Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice,. 2012 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 421-436.

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