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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This simple principle is our starting point for understanding program systems .
What we want to resist here is the notion that programs are targeted at subjects
and that as a consequence program efficacy is simply a matter of changing the ...
Put simply , the key to the process is that data collection and analysis are not
simply directed to the task of discovering whether a set of programs works and '
aggregating the results ; rather the task is to test , refine and adjudicate the
are not simply putting some specific interviewing ' tricks ' or ' techniques ' up for
inspection . The idea is not simply a matter of piling up a set of attitudinal
statements and getting them explained as in the prison education example , or