RealWorld Evaluation
RealWorld Evaluation

It is not uncommon for evaluators to be asked to perform an evaluation of a project that is well underway or almost finished, yet when they ask questions about comparable baseline data and control groups their clients respond with blank stares. Too typically time and resources are few, yet clients expect “rigorous impact evaluation.” And there are also political pressures to deal with.

The RealWorld Evaluation approach was developed specifically to address the need for practical strategies on how to ensure the highest level of methodological rigor consistent with the circumstances under which the evaluation has to be conducted. The book on this topic, authored by Michael Bamberger, Jim Rugh and Linda Mabry, was first published by Sage in 2006.

The 2nd edition, published January 2012, can be ordered from Sage at  

NEW: It is available electronically for Kindle at

A free preview and condensed summary can be downloaded from this website.  See more on the last page of this site.

Bamberger and Rugh have presented many workshops on RealWorld Evaluation in many countries. A copy of various versions and translations of the PowerPoint presentations and other materials are accessible on the next pages of this website.

Script embedded in HTML

Here is a view of the cover of the 2nd edition of the RealWorld Evaluation book.

See more information on the "2nd Edition Resources" page.