Evaluating: determining the worth of social interventions

David Byrne

in Applying social science

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424518
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301486 | DOI:
Evaluating: determining the worth of social interventions

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This chapter discusses the process of evaluating — with the role of social science in the establishment of outcomes and effectiveness in the achievement of those outcomes. It reviews the role of evaluation in relation to policies in all areas. It deals with the actual politics of evaluation, that is to say the way in which political pressures intrude into the evaluation process with examples. It develops a realist/complexity-founded approach to evaluation — drawing here on a synthesis of the arguments of Pawson and Tilley (1997) with the complexity frame of reference. It develops the argument that evaluation is a process in which multiple voices must be heard — by drawing examples of evaluation in practice looking at education, health and anti-poverty programmes.

Keywords: evaluating; social science; policies; politics of evaluation; realist/complexity-founded approach; Pawson and Tilley; education; health; anti-poverty programmes

Chapter.  7828 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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