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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His best known statement on the issue begins with a threefold distinction of
evaluation activities : 1 ' analysis related to the conceptualization and design of
interventions ” ; 2 ' monitoring of program implementation ' ; and 3 ' assessment of
One such theory is known as ' situational crime prevention ' or ' opportunity theory
' ( Clarke , 1992 ) ; another well - established criminological theory from the same
family is ' routine activities theory ' . As with all social science theories , the ...
So one had a virtual blitz of mandated activities , including public education
programs , health care provision , worksite activities , cessation resources and
networks ( a total of 58 in all ) . The hypothesis was that by making it difficult to