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 social systems described in Figure 3 . 4 have a distinguishing characteristic
which is variously described as a ' morphogenic character ( Archer , 1995 ) or an '
open system ' nature ( Bhaskar , 1979 ) . What this means is that the balance of ...
This research also acted as an exploratory exercise aimed at devising a robust
method for obtaining inmates ' interpretations of educational initiatives and so
acted as a pilot for the Canadian prison program evaluations described in
Chapter 4 ...
The teacher - learner cycle completed We now come to the culmination of the
program teaching and learning that takes place in realistic evaluation as we have
described it . We engage in a bit of conceptual housekeeping here , bringing ...