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The Science of Evaluation

1st Edition

A Realist Manifesto

Ray Pawson
eISBN-13: 9781446290989

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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.

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ISBNs 9781446252420, 9781446252437, 9781446252437, 9781446252437, 9781446252420, 9781446290989, 9781446275504, 1446290980
Language English
Number of Pages 240
Edition 1st