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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Kirkholt was about clarity of initial research , clarity of crime prevention method
tailored to research findings , and clarity of leadership in implementing measures
. If the post hoc descriptions of Kirkholt are accurate ( and there is no reason to ...
2 A realistic reconstruction of aspects of Kirkholt Context + Mechanism =
Outcome pattern + = A high - crime area marked by very high rates of reburglary
Lower rates of revictimization together with a reduction in the burglary rate overall
In the absence of explicit attention to such precise lines of CMO thinking , those
trying to follow in Kirkholt ' s footsteps and those asked to evaluate those efforts
were lost . To retain the momentum of Kirkholt , the key is thus not to replicate , for