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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Thus , despite interviews possibly being the most inspected piece of social
interaction , researchers remain at loggerheads on how to harness the flow of
information that emerges from these dialogues . We refer , once again , to the
battle lines ...
Researchers are accused of selecting from this massive flow of information and
thus fitting together small fragments of the ... Whilst the data are supposed to
emerge in ' mutual understanding , the researcher's theory is never clearly on
view to ...
researcher at the top of that hierarchy . Evaluation research ... For too long ,
researchers have been beguiled into worrying about the integrity of the data with
respect to the data's immediate author - the research subject . The ultimate