The authors use the tools of philosophy and the insights from evaluation practice to cut through current confusion about values and the interplay of facts and values. Four views of facts and values in evaluation are analyzed: those rooted in a fact-value dichotomy and those of radical constructivists, postmodernists, and deliberative democrats. The arguments are tough, the prose concise, and the insights compelling.
The Radical Constructivist View
This chapter begins an examination of dialogical approaches to evaluation. A dialogical view is one based on the central premise that evaluation and social research must proceed by engaging research subjects—participants—in dialogue. In fact, our own deliberative democratic view ...