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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When push comes to shove , however , we have to admit an inclination to dismiss
constructivist / naturalistic / fourth - generation evaluation as mere casuistry . It is
not merely a matter of the misplaced pseudo - scholarship of the language ...
Two that come instantly to mind are vignettes ( in which the stimulus stories are
constructed to smuggle in the key ... Dons and cons Our first illustration comes
from some interviewing that one of us ( Pawson ) did on a small scale prison ...
... totality comes in way below the policy targets . F . C . : And that ' s that ? What
did they conclude ? A . T . : There ' s not much more . There is clearly huge
disappointment all round . I think they are wondering if the initiative was too short