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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Bhaskar seems to be suggesting here that , instead of simply activating an
independent variable and watching for its effect , the experimentalist ' s task is to
manipulate the entire experimental system , so as to manufacture the desired ...
We now follow this path into the domain of the empirical in order to examine how
the data collected can be marshalled for the task of providing a cumulative body
of information on program effectiveness . Put simply , the key to the process is ...
Evaluation research has the task of getting a fix on the action and beliefs of each
stakeholder within a wider model of their causes and consequences . This
proposition , absolutely simple as it is to utter , utterly unremarkable as it looks ,