Mappe concettuali per la valutazione - Concept Maps are a powerful tool to describe and better understand concepts, their hierarchies and relationships. Invented by Joseph Novak in an educational and scholastic environment, Concept Maps later penetrated the evaluation thanks to Trochim, but with a different methodological approach and in a very limited number of situations. Instead, Concept Maps appear very useful for different evaluative purposes and contexts, for example to improve evaluational design and the stakeholder consciousness around the evaluand and to share knowledge about it. The article shows different Concept Maps, with exemples which extend the use of the original ideas of Novak and Trochim, and concludes with a general discussion over their utilization.
Key words: Concept Maps; Tacit Knowledge; Program Theory.