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Contemporary perspectives in the evaluation of practice

Kazi, Mansoor (2000) Contemporary perspectives in the evaluation of practice. British Journal of Social Work, 30 (6). pp. 755-768. ISSN 00453102

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sara Taylor
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2008 12:23
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2010 09:40
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/2140

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