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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Foster and Hope ' s study of the Priority Estates Project ( PEP ) is an example of
how this can be done broadly in accordance with realistic principles ( Hope and
Foster , 1992 ; Foster and Hope , 1993 ) . It also reveals the payoff from adopting
Foster and Hope also include control estates , where before - and - after surveys
were conducted , but where there was no ethnography . They thus represent their
study as a quasi - experimental one , comparing changes between the ...
( Foster and Hope , 1993 , p . 76 ) With regard to the particular estate context into
which PEP was introduced , Foster and Hope also identify two groups with little
contact with one another . The first comprised well - established tenants , who