DEFINITION: Data that describe the situation to be addressed by a VET policy or programme and that serve as the starting point for measuring the performance of that policy or programme. […] This is used to determine the results and accomplishments of an activity and serves as an important reference for evaluation.
SOURCE: Adapted from Handbook on monitoring and evaluating for results. Evaluation office, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), N.Y, 2002.
RELATED TERMS: data collection, data collection instrument/tool, data quality