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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involved in the initiative which gives research the task of examining stakeholders
' meanings ' qualitatively ' in an attempt to reconcile them through a process of
negotiation which aims to produce consensual constructions which.
In the case of distinguishing the appropriate ' stakeholders ' in an evaluation , the
pragmatist would , of course , argue for a comprehensive vision with the
aggregation of as many viewpoints as is practicable . This chapter will examine
say , as information and potential stakeholders begin to multiply under pluralism ,
we have no clear guidelines on whose views to prioritize , on what to do if
viewpoints differ , on whether we want attitudinal or behavioural information from