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
Area A was a part of the estate comprising housing where physical improvements
had been introduced . Area B was broadly similar to A , except that the housing
had not been improved by the time the evaluation was complete . Area C ...
They say : In this particular configuration of events , environmental design
modifications and improvements in management quality ( including tenant
involvement ) interacted with changes in tenant turnover and allocation to the