The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto

Posted on 30 January, 2014 – 11:29 PM

Pawson, Ray. 2013. The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto. UK: Sage Publications. http://www.uk.sagepub.com

Chapter 1 is available as a pdf. Hopefully other chapters will also become available this way, because this 240 page book is expensive.

Contents

Preface: The Armchair Methodologist and the Jobbing Researcher
PART ONE: PRECURSORS AND PRINCIPLES
Precursors: From the Library of Ray Pawson
First Principles: A Realist Diagnostic Workshop
PART TWO: THE CHALLENGE OF COMPLEXITY – DROWNING OR WAVING?
A Complexity Checklist
Contested Complexity
Informed Guesswork: The Realist Response to Complexity
PART THREE: TOWARDS EVALUATION SCIENCE
Invisible Mechanisms I: The Long Road to Behavioural Change
Invisible Mechanisms II: Clinical Interventions as Social Interventions
Synthesis as Science: The Bumpy Road to Legislative Change
Conclusion: A Mutually Monitoring, Disputatious Community of Truth Seekers

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