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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By leading with theory , Figure 6.4 brings out two erstwhile hidden features of
data collection , namely ( i ) the teacher - learner function and ( ii ) the conceptual
refinement process . The former is depicted in terms of the ' northern ' section of
What we are suggesting here is that the researcher / interviewer should play a
much more active role in teaching the overall conceptual structure of the
investigation ... In realist terms , this is where the conceptual refinement function
comes in .
you wouldn't want to know about that , would you ? ' , or indeed , “ is this the kind
of stuff you want ? ' The basic idea of the conceptual refinement function is to
avoid such difficulties by carefully contextualizing the domain in which subjects ...