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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In this penultimate chapter we turn to another key stakeholder , the policy maker ,
though we have just seen a rather caricatured version of her in the previous
chapter . Policy makers are , of course , crucial . It is up to policy makers to agree
A second way decision makers use evaluation well is for timely monitoring of how
established programs are doing , and for determining whether the assumptions
underlying the policies or programs appear to be correct , or at least not wrong .
the form of an explicit or reconstructible context - mechanism - outcome pattern
configuration . Policy makers self - evidently know a great deal about the
programs for which they have responsibility . The policy maker ' s thinking is
critical in the ...