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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Our point is basically that programs should be considered as learning situations ,
and , as with all learning situations , we should understand that progress is
triggered by the purposeful actions of subjects . Programmes will , in one way
Choice is always constrained . Programs are learning processes and , as with
any other learning activity , certain groups and certain individuals are more likely
to have the appropriate characteristics to allow them to profit from the experience
The teacher - learner cycle completed We now come to the culmination of the
program teaching and learning that takes place in realistic evaluation as we have
described it . We engage in a bit of conceptual housekeeping here , bringing ...