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Realistic Evaluation

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ISBN-10: 0761950095

ISBN-13: 9780761950097

Edition: 1997

Authors: Ray Pawson, Nick Tilley

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Realistic Evaluation shows how program 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…    
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Book details

List price: $81.00
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Limited
Publication date: 6/23/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Given my job title, it will come as no surprise that my main interest lies in research methodology. This does not quite bracket me with the technical nerds, however, for I have written widely on the philosophy and practice of research, covering methods qualitative and quantitative, pure and applied, contemporaneous and historical. There is a common 'realist' thread underlying every word, albeit a modest, middle-range, empirically-rich kind of realism.

A History of Evaluation
Out with the Old
Weaknesses in Experimental Evaluation
In with the New
Introducing Scientific Realism
How To Design a Realistic Evaluation
How To Make Evaluations Cumulate
How To Construct Realistic Data
Utilizing Stakeholders' Knowledge
No Smoking without Firing Mechanisms
A 'Realistic' Consultation
Evaluation, Policy and Practice
Realizing the Potential
The New Rules of Realistic Evaluation