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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Accordingly , we term those propositions which combine this trio of explanatory
components context - mechanism - outcome pattern configurations or CMO
configurations . These play an important part in the remainder of the book . The
task of ...
Evaluator feeds back improved CMO configuration findings Policy maker CMO
configurations Policy put in place and acted on Evaluator formalizes tests ,
arbitrates and refines СМО configuration theories Practitioner CMO
Rule 6 : CMO configurations In order to develop transferable and cumulative
lessons from research , evaluators need to orient their thinking to context -
mechanism - outcome pattern configurations ( CMO configurations ) . A CMO