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.

Good Practice
Good practice

Evaluators conduct their work in concrete social circumstances, and we recognize that the deliberative democratic view is too idealized to be implemented straightforwardly in the world as it exists. An uncompromising commitment to such an ideal would be impractical. However, just because the ideal cannot be ...

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