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The Science of Evaluation : A Realist Manifesto, Hardback Book

The Science of Evaluation : A Realist Manifesto Hardback


Evaluation researchers are tasked with providing the evidence to guide programme building and to assess its outcomes.

As such, they labour under the highest expectations - bringing independence and objectivity to policy making.

They face huge challenges, given the complexity of modern interventions and the politicised backdrop to all of their investigations.

They have responded with a huge portfolio of research techniques and, through their professional associations, have set up schemes to establish standards for evaluative inquiry and to accredit evaluation practitioners.

A big question remains. Has this monumental effort produced a progressive, cumulative and authoritative body of knowledge that we might think of as evaluation science?

This is the question addressed by Ray Pawson in this sequel to Realistic Evaluation and Evidence-based Policy.

In answer, he provides a detailed blueprint for an evaluation science based on realist principles.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
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  • Category: Research methods: general
  • ISBN: 9781446252420

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