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Valutazione e sociologia: qualche nota introduttiva

digital Valutazione e sociologia: qualche nota introduttiva
fascicolo STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2005 - 3
titolo Valutazione e sociologia: qualche nota introduttiva
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 07-2005
issn 0039291X (stampa) | 18277896 (digitale)
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The essay presents and discusses some considerations concerning a sociological view of social programs evaluation. There are many reasons for a sociological perspective on evaluation to be interesting and worth to be considered: but all of them may be summarized – on one side – in the position for which social program evaluation is a special kind of applied social research and – on the other side – in the fact that considering evaluation as a ‘structured social action’ may offer significant suggestions for a better understanding of its deep nature and practical making. Assuming this perspective for dealing with evaluation underlines its being a relational construction, with a context-bounded meaning, teleologically oriented and embedded in a specific situation: with regard to this profile, a central (but not absolut) role is played by the procedures, methods, techiniques and instruments – from the social research – which allow evaluation process and results to be valid, rigorous and sound. In connextion with this last aspect, it’s the definition of evaluation as (a kind of) ‘applied social research’ to call for a priority of its methodological side but – at the same time – to link this question to the evident changes of paradigm who in the last decades affected the ways and forms in which social research is implemented.