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 purpose ( and originality , we trust ) of the chapter is thus to extricate ,
minutely and exhaustively , the missing explanatory ingredients of this tradition .
Chapter 3 identifies , at length and for the first time in the book , the trade we do
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This chapter is thus designed to demonstrate the utility of the approach to an
entirely different example – smoking cessation programs . The chapter is written
in the form of an imaginary dialogue between a policy maker and her assistant (
IN WITH THE NEW : INTRODUCING SCIENTIFIC REALISM This chapter
represents the pivot and the base of the book . Our particular contribution to
evaluation is distinctive in that it is the first to rest on realist principles . In this
chapter we ...