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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the course but did not undertake it . A way forward for corrections would be to
offer lots of courses attracting lots of volunteers but then not bother to run them . 3
The realist ' s lesson . The course seems to have made a difference but for a self
The program itself is long term : attending this , or any other , university course
involves hundreds , thousands , millions of different events and experiences .
Although the course is , of course , taught in groups , lectures , seminars etc . , the
The best educational course in the world ( of any type ) needs to have reasonably
appropriate students to make the best of it . Accordingly , it is a common
experience of all prison teachers that their courses attract a ' certain type of
prisoner ' .