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 This
chapter will provide a constructive critique of the experimental tradition in
evaluation . We will confront experimental evaluation for its weakness as science
We will examine in some detail the experimental trials involved in the evaluation
of the Cognitive Skills Training Program ( Porporino and Robinson , 1995 ) . This
is probably the grandest initiative ever undertaken by the Correctional Services ...
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