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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By theory , by the way , Chen and Rossi do not mean that grandiose sociological
speculation which purports to explain life , the universe , and everything . They
refer to the mundane distinctions about such matters as classroom cultures and ...
The introduction of property marking was orchestrated and overseen by the
evaluation researcher , who ensured that what was done was recorded to see
that it accorded with the theory . Measurements were planned and targeted at the
... at this stage is evidence of a powerful uniformity and no more . Enter theory In
order to understand the regularity , we must turn to theory . Most of the key areas
of evaluation research have appropriate bodies of general theory to call upon .