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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Yet we discovered that their evaluations missed out on a similar range of causal
agents , the lack of consideration of which rendered the research findings
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and to find informants appropriate to each item ( practitioners , program subjects ,
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of the data with respect to the data ' s immediate author – the research subject .
The subjects ' task is to agree , disagree and categorize themselves in relation to
the preferences and attitudes as construed in such questions but also to refine
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