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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Both the ' dogmatic purist and ' pragmatic pluralisť approaches actually share a
common misconception of the purpose of the interview . The formal , structured
interview , the informal , open - ended interview , the semi - structured interview ...
It will always make an interview happen , but not always allow for the apposite
data to be constructed . This is where the teacher - learner function comes in . We
are interested initially here in concepts which have a well - established place in ...
Firstly , we should point out that the above model of the realist interview is not
meant to imply the existence of some singular and unique technique which
captures the idea . The previous sections present a set of priorities , some key