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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Pragmatic evaluation is cast upon the same set of features as in our original
model but one can see at a glance that the flow of knowledge is deemed to work
in basically the opposite direction from that depicted by the experimentalists .
In a rather grander way , Popper ( 1957 ) makes the point that future knowledge
is unknown . If it were known we would know it already . Unless knowledge
ceases to develop we shall always be ignorant of future knowledge ( and we
... context - mechanismoutcome configurations are efficacious , which thus – sees
programming as an attempt to embody knowledge which has thus identified what
works for whom in what circumstances , knowledge of which accumulates over ...