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Whither (European) evaluation methodology?

Pawson, R; Tilley, N; (1995) Whither (European) evaluation methodology? Knowledge and Policy , 8 (3) pp. 20-33. 10.1007/BF02904928.

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Abstract

Quasi-experimental evaluation methods promised to provide a way of testing and improving solutions to social problems. These methods have been found wanting. Alternative approaches, including "pragmatic evaluation," "naturalistic evaluation," and "pluralist evaluation" are also shown to be unsatisfactory. The initial promise of the evaluation movement has been disappointed. Realistic evaluation is advocated as an alternative to existing forms of evaluation. It is rooted in some European traditions in epistemology, ontology, and social theory. It offers a framework within which rigorous outcome evaluations can be undertaken with results that can inform policy and practice. © 1995 Springer-Verlag.

Type: Article
Title: Whither (European) evaluation methodology?
DOI: 10.1007/BF02904928
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1411531
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