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 structure of this chapter is as follows . In the first section , we pick up the
argument about the advantages of the generative model of causation and show
that this very basic idea on ' how things change ' requires a wholesale shift in our
At one level , it can be understood simply as a ' curriculum ' , a specific set of
ideas and skills introduced into the minds of the prisoners . The ideas , however ,
are delivered in classroom interaction , and so are forged within a wider web of ...
Our baseline argument throughout has been not that programs are ' things ' that
may ( or may not ) ' work ' ; rather they contain certain ideas which work for certain
subjects in certain situations . We hardly have to change terminology at all to ...