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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Here , it is appropriate to give a reminder of why we chose the two case studies
discussed in this chapter . They represent the best of the experimental tradition ,
and it is only the usage of the experimental strategy and its attendant
Give us an example . F . C . : I hope I can do better than that . I ' m hoping that you
can give me a few examples from what you know already . Let ' s start with the
best known mechanism : telling people that smoking will give them respiratory ...
So we give up ? F . C . : No , er well , yes and no . That little scene is quite
plausible : kids and sensible advice often don ' t go together . But I ' m not arguing
that all highways and byways are known in advance and fixed in stone . My
guess is ...