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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perform as expected because of failures in implementation rather than
conception . Once again , we have no immediate argument with Bennett on this
score for , in addition to the above , he carried out a ' process ' evaluation to
check that the ...
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 ...
Reconvictions Expected outcomes Hypotheses Key subgroups Accumulated
theory , folk theory Efficacious contexts and mechanisms Actual outcomes Figure
4 . 3 Outcome analysis : prediction scales ( Gottfredson and Tonry , 1987 ) .