Source: (2008) British Journal of Community Justice. 6(2): 77-83..

This paper presents a reflection on the reasons which motivates the evaluation of restorative justice practices. In a social and institutional domain crowded with beliefs and symbols it debates this need for understanding meaning. With the help of simple questions: who evaluations, for what reasons, what is evaluated and how, it proposes to researchers a small exercise in scientific hygiene useful both for improving their necessary distance and for understanding better the difficulties of evaluative reasoning within the field of restorative justice. (author's abstract)