assess to determine the importance, size, or value of — Webster
Assessment is gathering information about the state of something — Wikipedia
Monitoring is the measuring and management of performance and availability. It is used to detect and diagnose complex performance problems to maintain an expected level of service. — Wikipedia
Evaluation is a systematic determination of merit, worth and significance, using criteria governed by a set of standards. It can assist an organization, program, design, project or any other intervention or initiative to assess any aim, realizable concept/proposal, or any alternative, to help in decision-making; or to ascertain the degree of achievement or value in regard to the aim and objectives and results of any such action that has been completed. — Wikipedia
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