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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Bhaskar seems to be suggesting here that , instead of simply activating an
independent variable and watching for its effect , the experimentalist ' s task is to
manipulate the entire experimental system , so as to manufacture the desired ...
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 ...
For the light to moderate smokers there was a small and just significant
experimental - versus - control improvement ( 0 . 306 as opposed to 0 . 275 )
across all community pairs . Overall the intervention effect is not significant and
the initiative ...