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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We are indeed the courtiers at the palace of scientific evaluation , announcing
that the king is dead – long live the king ! To pursue this task we want to begin by
picking up , and explaining , some of the well - recognized failures of
If we begin to hypothesize about some of these potential routes , in advance of
empirical work , then the real causal agents within programs would begin to
appear systematically on the research agenda . The implications of our battle
with this ...
say , as information and potential stakeholders begin to multiply under pluralism ,
we have no clear guidelines on whose views to prioritize , on what to do if
viewpoints differ , on whether we want attitudinal or behavioural information from