Journal Article

Contemporary perspectives in the evaluation of practice

MAF Kazi

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 30, issue 6, pages 755-768
Published in print December 2000 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online December 2000 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Contemporary perspectives in the evaluation of practice

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This article is based on a review of British publications particularly in the period 1995-99. It presents a critical analysis of each contemporary evaluation research perspective in its relation to the evaluation of practice. This review classifies the main contemporary perspectives as empirical practice; pragmatism of methodological-pluralism; inter-pretivist approaches; and post-positivist approaches such as scientific realism. This review is not from the standpoint of philosophical positions alone; rather, it is on the applied basis of what contribution each of the perspectives can make in the evaluation of practice. The author presents the emerging realist evaluation (or scientific realism) as a paradigm that is inclusive of the other main perspectives addressed in this review, thereby providing a holistic approach to the evaluation of practice.

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Subjects: Social Work

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