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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The small improvements that did occur were matched by improvements in the
control area ( 1991 , p . 8 ) . 4 One aspect of perceptions of the area ' , '
satisfaction with area ' , showed statistically significant improvement in the
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modifications and improvements in ... to involve them in the improvement of
services and estate management - and the anticipation of the benefits of
defensible space to ...
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