Realistic Evaluation shows how programme evaluation needs to be, and can be bettered. It presents a profound yet highly readable critique of current evaluation practice, and goes on to introduce a `manifesto' and `handbook' for a fresh approach.
The main body of this book is devoted to the articulation of a new evaluation paradigm, which promises greater validity and utility from the findings of evaluation studies. The authors call this new approach `realistic evaluation'. The name reflects the paradigm's foundation in scientific realist philosophy, its commitment to the idea that programmes deal with real problems rather than mere social constructions, and its primary intention, which is to inform realistic developm
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Embeddedness Realists refer to the embeddedness of all human action within a
wider range of social processes as the stratified nature of social reality . Even the
most mundane actions only make sense because they contain in - built ...
An exact parallel can be drawn across to representation of the causal action of a
social intervention . Experimental evaluation is also X Y fixated and reduces the
business of explanation to drawing causal inferences between variables .
Mechanisms Contexts Outcomes KNOWLEDGEABILITY Unacknowledged
conditions of action Unintended consequences of action Figure 6 . 3 Realism and
the ( partly ) knowledgeable actor This , however , is not the whole story and if we