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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and questioning the reliability and validity of one or other of these studies , the
realist instinct is to go back to the theory drawing - board in order to search for a
refinement in understanding of the risk enhancement mechanism which would ...
The key point is that on the conceptual refinement strategy , respondents deliver
their thoughts on their own thinking in the ... in relation to the preferences and
attitudes as construed in such questions but also to refine their conceptual base .
What the realistic evaluator teaches back to the policy makers in this case is a
refinement to parts of their original theory about how the program would develop .
Policy makers are then in a position to make adjustments within the existing Safer