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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Subjects , of course , do not simply have a free choice on whether they respond
to the initiative , and the scope for change is limited by their ' powers ' , ' liabilities '
, and ' capacities ' . These will vary between subjects . If the subject is an ...
With respect to interviewing strategy , the choice available is often portrayed as
that between ' structured ' and ' unstructured approaches . In the former a more
formal style is adopted . Here the researcher is bound to a fixed set of questions ...
In social life , the choice making behaviour of individuals in their different
situations is fundamental to understanding their manifest patterns of behaviour .
In social interventions the stakeholders ' capacity for choice making is , of course