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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Most decidedly not at issue in this debate was the ability of the experimental
approach to evaluate each individual study or even its capacity to bring home (
eventually ) the weight of evidence needed to sustain policy making . Martinson (
1974 ) ...
It is not too difficult to imagine that the former approach would work better
amongst the twitching curtains of the terraced street rather than in the privet - clad
privacy of suburbia . The latter mechanism , however , might be better fostered in
... Policy , 8 : 8 – 19 . Chen , H . ( 1990 ) Theory - Driven Evaluation . Beverly Hills
, CA : Sage . Chen , H . and Rossi , P . ( 1981 ) ' The multi - goal theory - driven
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