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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... theory formation and development The second case study is an evaluation of
the crime prevention effectiveness of an innovative and quite wide - ranging and
complex housing management program on two housing estates in Britain .
The complex outcome pattern instead follows from an array of processes , some
to do with PEP , some not . To make sense of the ( characteristically ) complex
outcome pattern , attention had to be paid to the particular context within which
1 ) are testing rather complex configurations . Following our example through ,
we can imagine that investigation has transformed so that the case studies
become a test of the ' risk enhancement , capable guardian , perpetrator network