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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The initiative in question is the British Safer Cities program which was
announced in 1988 . Formally speaking it had three aims : to reduce crime , to
lessen the fear of crime and to create safer cities in which economic enterprise
There was also less than universal commitment within the Home Office ( and
indeed amongst Safer Cities staff ) to the theory of crime prevention outlined in
Table 8 . 2 , with a belief that alternative approaches might be generated with a
Ironically , once the initial suspicion had been overcome , the ' outsider ' or '
stranger ' status of local Safer Cities appointees ( combined with their grant giving
powers ) provided them with a set of distinctive opportunities for partnership and