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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The great shortcoming in methodological thinking about data collection is in fact
widespread throughout the social sciences and indeed held in common by both
the paradigm warriors and the peacemakers in the paragraphs above . Both the ...
It has become rather fashionable to generate long - as - your - arm lists of
potential stakeholders to an evaluation in the expectation that the data collection
should be democratically organized to represent all views ( Guba and Lincoln ,
This proposition , absolutely simple as it is to utter , utterly unremarkable as it
looks , has huge practical implications for data collection . What it means is that
whilst it is quite possible to analyse down the information required in an inquiry