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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This chapter is in three sections , the first of which develops a basic model of '
realist forms of cumulation ' . It will come as no surprise to learn that our model of
realistic cumulation involves making progress in understanding across the
We follow a false trail to cumulation via attempts to replicate the project . This is
then contrasted with the progressive problem shift constituted by a program of
work investigating the phenomenon of ʻrepeat victimization ' , which formed one
further needs to be undertaken in research and evaluation to achieve still further
cumulation . The example illustrates that cumulation is possible , what is entailed
in achieving cumulation , what that cumulation has amounted to , and above all ...