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Your evaluation budget should take into account several categories of expenses. Labor is usually the greatest expense and may be higher when you use an external evaluator. As a rule of thumb, expect to allocate 20% of your overall budget to paying an external evaluator. Reputable evaluators may agree to reduce their rate if you allow them access to the data for their own purposes (e.g., further analyses) or to publish the results or some aspect of them.

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