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 underlying theory is that much criminal behaviour is rooted in cognitive
deficiency ' ( Ross and Fabiano , 1985 ) . The program itself thus focuses on six
areas of deficit : self - control , cognitive style , interpersonal problem solving ,
Realist evaluation is all about turning this moment ' s thought into a
comprehensive theory of the mechanisms through which CCTV may enter the
potential criminal ' s mind , and the contexts needed if these powers are to be
Judgements on that continue to be made well after the life of the program ,
requiring that any new non - criminal choices and identities be sustained in ( and
often ' in spite of ' ) a variety of post - release circumstances , not the least of
which is ...