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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Ray Pawson, Nicholas Tilley, Nick Tilley. They identify , though , four main
generic ways in which PEP measures might trigger new mechanisms to inhibit
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crime prevention efforts that would be adequately resourced and targeted , and
be effective in generating ameliorations in the crime problem . Such a bald
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