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Diagnostic Assumptions

  • Apollo M. Nkwake
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Abstract

Diagnostic assumptions are stated as stakeholder expectations or beliefs about the major and minor causes of core problems. Because an intervention to address a problem is based on the causes of that problem, diagnostic assumptions are crucial to a normative theory and need to be examined from design, implementation, and evaluation perspectives. This chapter appraises the use of the policy scientific approach in explicating diagnostic assumptions and proposes an alternative causes approach.

Keywords

Diagnostic assumptions Program theory assumptions Normative assumptions Problematization Explicating diagnostic assumptions Alternative causes approach Alternative cause matrix 

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  • Apollo M. Nkwake
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  1. 1.Questions LLCMarylandUSA

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