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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It thus can provide a powerful abstract language to resolve the problems of
explanation we started to wrestle with in the previous chapter concerning the
nature and operation of ' causal forces . Metaphysical victories count for little
outside the ...
Regularities We now move to the goal of realist explanation . No surprises in
store here , for we pick up on a task which is held in common with most
explanatory paradigms . That is to say that the objective of realist inquiry is to
explain social ...
6 Basic ingredients of realist social explanation mechanism , the gravitational
and constraining forces ( M ) , operated regularly only in the context of a cycloidal
path ( C ) . When Durkheim explained how suicide rates ( R ) vary across different