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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The reasons for the stultification of pluralism ( and the lack of a diagram ) are
actually quite mundane – a matter of never having sufficient resources to
research everything , a matter of not being able to see the wood for the trees , a
matter of not ...
Our initial hesitation stems from the fact that pluralism , with its “ a bit of this and a
bit of that approach , actually leads to no new thinking beyond the ill - defined
compromise . The argument tends to go as follows . Structured methods are good
... to the differences within and between communities . Was there any analysis of
what the individual elements of the program did ? I assume some kind of process
analysis went on which actually monitored the implementation of the program ?