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I am currently in the process of exploring possible approaches to
non-traditional validation. I am partcularly interested in some best
practice recommendations for validating techniques from the social sciences
that do not rely upon traditional "realist" interpretations of the world in
which we live.
For example, if a problem structuring technique is used, how can I justify
that the recommendations it produces are "right" or appropriate, and that
the resultant solution is "better" than what could have been obtained
without employing the technique at all?
These "soft" techniques, as you may be aware, often cannot be validated
through traditional techniques such as realist or comparative validation,
primarily because of the qualitative nature of the subject we are
investigating. I am therefore considering which alternatives exist, for
example axiomatic, constitutive, constructivist or sociological validation.
Any advice or ideas would be gratefully received.
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