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Albert Hirschman, possibilism and evaluation
Journal Title: RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione 
Author/s: Nicoletta Stame 
Year:  2015 Issue: 62 Language: Italian 
Pages:  2 Pg. 101-102 FullText PDF:  249 KB
DOI:  10.3280/RIV2015-062008
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Most of Hirschman’s theories and mechanisms is present, although not openly recognized, in a series of recent evaluation approaches, from theory-based evaluation to positive thinking approaches. This refers to some topoi of evaluation, as the complexity of programs, ways and timing of implementation, expected and un-expected consequences, lessons learned, evaluation uses, multidisciplinarity. By proposing such a dialogue between Hirschman and contemporary evaluators, the author shows that Hirschman can be considered at the same time a forerunner and a valid interlocutor, and that his thinking can strengthen the theoretical basis of those approaches, while helping to challenge theories and methodologies given for granted in traditional approaches to evaluation, whose validity is at stake.
Keywords: Complexity, Mechanisms, Alternative Actions, Possibilism, Trespassing.

Nicoletta Stame, Albert Hirschman, possibilism and evaluation in "RIV Rassegna Italiana di Valutazione" 62/2015, pp. 101-102, DOI:10.3280/RIV2015-062008

   

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