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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Ambition is further fuelled by gurus like Scriven who , in describing the scope of
what can be evaluated , declares , ' Everything . One can begin at the beginning
of a dictionary and go through to the end , and every noun , common or proper ...
When realists say that the constant conjunction view of one event producing
another ( model ( a ) is inadequate , they are not attempting to bring further '
intervening ' variables into the picture . So the idea is not that there might be a
revealed that their crime experience , including burglary , followed the familiar
pattern , that is a heightened vulnerability to further crime following an incident ,
most particularly in the immediate term after that incident . The practitioners had