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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Normative base rate Let us offer three readings : 1 The experimentalist's lesson .
The experimental and control groups are identical right down to the fact that all
What is the role of experimental work as envisaged in realist methodology ? We
want to draw a sharp contrast here with the control - based strategy as envisaged
in the so - called classic experimental design ( Figures 1.1 and 2.1 ) . The logic ...
Experimental production : fires mechanism Context ( 0 ) Mechanism ( M )
Experimental control : disables extraneous mechanisms Regularity ( X - n Other
mechanisms Figure 3.2 The realist experiment from this vantage point ( and by
this we ...