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The purpose of the Assessment Framework is to support HIQA staff in gathering evidence when monitoring or assessing a service. It is a framework which sets out the lines of enquiry to be explored by inspectors in order to assess compliance with thestandards and /or regulations being monitored or assessed. The lines of enquiry are the key questions or prompts that inspectors use to guide how they source evidence and analyse it in a consistent way. Inspectors gather and analyse different sources of information tomake informed judgments about compliance and non-compliance. Once an inspector has gathered sufficient evidence, he/she will refer to the judgment framework.