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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This is probably the grandest initiative ever undertaken by the Correctional
Services of Canada , and one that has been much imitated the world over .
Subjects come onto such initiatives with a range of resources at their disposal ,
willing and ...
per day ) and ' light - to - moderate - smokers ' ( less than 25 a day ) to be tracked
through the initiative . The intervention itself was delivered over four years
through a community organization approach . So one had a virtual blitz of
We are talking about a very big initiative here , so the whole thing was driven by a
' mobilization process ' , involving community boards , co - ordinators and
resident task forces . " 2 Control and co - ordination between the eleven sites was