REALIST IMPACT EVALUATION: AN INTRODUCTION

REALIST IMPACT EVALUATION: AN INTRODUCTION

“This introduction has been developed to help evaluators and commissioners of evaluation to decide whether a realist impact evaluation is appropriate and feasible for a particular policy or programme.”

It does rehash introductory material about realist approaches, but it also addresses some more ‘applied’ questions and issues, such as

  • For what purposes is realist impact evaluation most appropriate?
  • In what circumstances is a realist approach more appropriate than other methods?
  • What circumstances make it easier to undertake a realist impact evaluation?
  • Understanding program theory and designing realist evaluations

The paper is available at either of the following:

http://www.odi.org/publications/8716-methods-lab-realist-impact-evaluation-introduction

http://betterevaluation.org/resources/realist-impact-evaluation-introduction

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