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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Instead of looking simply at changes in overall crime rates , Laycock directed her
outcome measurements towards precise theoretically expected effects , paying
particular attention to those where burglary reduction would most strongly be ...
3 Laycock ' s initial realist property marking theory Context + New mechanism =
Outcome pattern + = Small isolated area , with local burglars Persuasive publicity
that risks of apprehension increase Reduction of burglary rates of those where ...
... revictimization together with a reduction in the burglary rate overall Security
upgrading of previously burgled premises ... with a high proportion of burglaries
involving cash from meters Removal of cash meters reduces incentive to burgle