Evaluation Checklist: What examiners are looking for are the higher level skills of analysis and evaluation. There are many ways you can evaluate in an internal assessment or paper. Consider the following checklist as you write your commentaries or papers:
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  • Have you identified causes, consequences and/or remedies?
  • Have you prioritised the most important issues, causes, stakeholders?
  • What are the most important advantages and disadvantages of situations or issues identified in the articles?
  • What are the short-term and long-term implications of economic strategies suggested in the article or by you, in your examination of the situation?
  • Have you questioned the validity of data presented in the article, in terms of whether it is appropriate, whether it is reliable, or whether it is still relevant?
  • When summarizing or employing an economic theory, have you questioned its validity, in terms of whether it is appropriate, whether it is reliable, or whether it is still relevant?

THREE EASY QUESTIONS you could ask about each of the articles in the IA portfolio or questions for Papers 1-3 are:

  • Who are the winners and losers of this? (who are the affected stakeholders?)
  • What are the long and short term consequences?
  • Which of the arguments that are presented are the most convincing and why?

Useful phrases to help with evaluation: Employing the following phrases can be helpful in making evaluations in your commentary.

  • On the other hand......
  • However, in the long/short term......
  • The most important cost is..... because....
  • ..is somewhat insignificant compared to ...
  • Other stakeholders such as....
  • In reality the theory may not hold true because....
  • This idea is often criticised for...