External Evaluation: a Requirement for Accountability and Responsiveness


avatar A Hajifathali 1 , * , avatar M Noori Avarzamani 2 , avatar AM Niaie 3 , avatar E Negahban 4

1 Head of office of educational evaluation and planning of the university, faculty member of internal medicine and head of teaching hospital of Ayat-O-Allah taleghani

2 Psychology teacher of Emam Hossein Hospital and administrative member of internal and external evaluation teams of Shahid Beheshti University.

3 3 Expert from council of surveillance and evaluation of ministry of health and education, administrative member of educational evaluation and planning office of the university.

4 Expert in charge with criteria for evaluation from the educational evaluation and planning office of the university, head of internal and external evaluation teams and administrative member of evaluation team of clinical wards at Shahid Beheshti University

How to Cite: Hajifathali A, Noori Avarzamani M, Niaie A, Negahban E. External Evaluation: a Requirement for Accountability and Responsiveness. J Med Edu. 2006;8(2):e105248. doi: 10.22037/jme.v8i2.743.


Journal of Medical Education: 8 (2); e105248
Published Online: September 01, 2005
Article Type: Research Article
Received: December 01, 2004
Accepted: September 01, 2005


Quality assurance as a comprehensive term encompasses all policies, processes and actions maintaining and developing higher education quality. Quality assurance emphasizes on external goals of evaluation, one of which is to assure learners, public and government that each unit,department, program or institution manages its quality. thus quality assurance focuses on accountability.This article first describes importance of external evaluation and necessity to conduct it, then considering the fact that two educational programs leading to bachelor degrees of nursing and obstetrics, which their internal evaluation have already completed, are volunteers to go under external evaluation. Explains steps of external evaluation and focuses on the external aspect of evaluation to assure quality of educational programs following internal evaluation.


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