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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We paraphrase Guba and Lincoln here by describing the staves of the score as follows : identify key “ stakeholders ' ( all of ' em ) ; establish their ( not the researchers ' ) ' constructions ' about a program via a prolonged period of ...
We find it difficult to imagine , for instance , the development of a ' joint construction ' of the claims and concerns of neighbourhood watchers and neighbourhood burglars , since they begin with uncommonly different assumptions about ...
Hermeneutics II again starts from the point of view that all beliefs are constructions ' but adds the twist that we cannot ... they represent simply another construction to be taken into account in the move toward consensus .