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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2 OUT WITH THE OLD : WEAKNESSES IN EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION a This chapter will provide a constructive critique of the experimental tradition in evaluation . We will confront experimental evaluation for its weakness as science .
The first of these examples involves heading back to Martinson territory and reviewing the nature of corrections programs in order to show why they will inevitably be misunderstood when manipulated under traditional experimental logic .
There was an increase of 34 % in those in the Birmingham experimental area who had seen a police officer in the past two weeks , though no change in this in the experimental area in London ( 1991 , p . 6 ) . 2 Actual changes in rates of ...