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From Programme Theory to Constructivism: On Tragic, Magic and Competing Programmes

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  • Peter Dahler-Larsen

Theory-based evaluation utilizes terms such as ‘moderators’ and ‘CMO configurations’ to describe how the validity of a programme theory depends on the context in which it operates. From a constructivist perspective, however, contexts are influenced by ongoing social (re)construction. The truth value of a programme theory is contingent upon this construction. This helps explain why tests of programme theories provided by theory-based evaluators are often unconvincing to programme advocates. A typology of ‘magic’, ‘tragic’ and ‘competing’ programmes, each of which influence their contexts in different ways, is described and the implications for evaluation discussed.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftEvaluation
Vol/bind7
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)331-349
Antal sider19
ISSN1356-3890
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 1 jul. 2001
Eksternt udgivetJa

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