I read a post about "Difference Between Appraisal, Assessment And Evaluation? - Performance Management". But I am still confused. Could anyone tell me the difference?


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  • What is still unclear about the definitions of the three terms? – user66974 Jun 24 '15 at 8:30
  • If the meanings of these words are similar, can i exchange these words? for example, "We need to evaluate how well the policy is working.", can I change the "evaluate" to "apprise" or "assess"? Thanks. – Lane Jun 24 '15 at 9:21

You've found an idiosyncratic description of a particular corporate policy. In general use, the three words are synonyms.

In the US, each has its technical uses. "Appraisal" is the word the insurance industry uses for valuing personal property. "Assessment" is word tax assessors use to determine for valuing real property.

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    It's not entirely as clear cut as deadrat indicates, however. In Texas, the local governmental bodies that determine property appraisals for tax purposes are called "Appraisal districts". – brasshat Jun 24 '15 at 9:15
  • I certainly didn't mean to apply that all taxing districts use the same word for evaluating property. I meant that each of the trio may be the preferred term of art in various fields, and thus they aren't always interchangeable. A property tax collector in Texas might say he was doing an appraisal and never an assessment, just as a property tax collector in Illinois might do the opposite. But they mean that they're doing the same thing -- determining the value of property. – deadrat Jun 24 '15 at 10:01

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