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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Such a framework enables us to shake off those conceptual habits which allow
us to speak of a program ' producing outcomes ' and to replace them with an
imagery which sees the program offering chances which may ( or may not ) be ...
Question Teaches conceptual structure Learns conceptual structure
Researcher's theory Subject's ideas Answer Tests / refines theory Applies /
refines conceptual structure Figure 6.4 Basic structure of the realist interview
researcher's theory ...
The key point is that on the conceptual refinement strategy , respondents deliver
their thoughts on their own thinking in the context of , and ( perhaps ) as a
correction to , the researcher's own theory . To explain : the overall structure of