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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such explanatory strategies can lead to a progressive body of scientific
knowledge . In social science ( most particularly sociology , geography ,
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scientific realist ...
5 HOW TO MAKE EVALUATIONS CUMULATE Sadly , most evaluation studies
seem to be one - off affairs . ... The practical value of social science depends
upon its ability to deliver useful knowledge about the causes of social problems
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