Realistic Evaluation shows how programme evaluation needs to be, and can be bettered. It presents a profound yet highly readable critique of current evaluation practice, and goes on to introduce a `manifesto' and `handbook' for a fresh approach.
The main body of this book is devoted to the articulation of a new evaluation paradigm, which promises greater validity and utility from the findings of evaluation studies. The authors call this new approach `realistic evaluation'. The name reflects the paradigm's foundation in scientific realist philosophy, its commitment to the idea that programmes deal with real problems rather than mere social constructions, and its primary intention, which is to inform realistic developm
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More specifically , we wish to examine the problem of car park crime and
attempts to reduce it through the installation of closed - circuit television ( CCTV )
. Such programs , in fact , share a key characteristic with all social initiatives .
There is ...
crimes elsewhere , whatever crime reduction mechanisms may be fired by CCTV
in the specific context of a given car park . ( v ) The ' resources ' context . In an
isolated car park with no security presence and the police at some distance away
These would in turn produce good processevaluation data for the refinement of
CCTV installations . 4 Data on the temporal patterning of crime , cross -
referenced perhaps to information on the amount of capacity in use at any time ,
would be ...