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 reasons for the stultification of pluralism ( and the lack of a diagram ) are
actually quite mundane – a matter of never having sufficient resources to
research everything , a matter of not being able to see the wood for the trees , a
matter of not ...
Thus cumulation is a matter of deepening , specifying , focusing and formalising
our understanding of program mechanisms , contexts and outcome patterns . We
stress that cumulation is a matter of increasing understanding of how these ...
Whether it matters or not depends on how the program worked and is supposed
to work . We need a theory ... The Minnesotan classroom walls may have been
lime - green as opposed to magnolia in the UK . Does it matter ? A . T . : Of course