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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Inmates are thus likely to find themselves in very different regimes , the precise '
ethos ' of the establishment limiting the chances of success of any rehabilitation
mechanism . Table 4 . 6 Phases of the prison program evaluation 106 Realistic ...
... the over 50 variables deployed , of which types of inmate and which types of
course experience were associated with ... the slog of compiling the data matrix
by scouring twenty years ' worth of inmates ' prison , program and probation files .
The course : Mean response ( a ) helps inmates to accept themselves and their
feelings more fully 3 . 4 ( b ) helps inmates to become more self - confident and
self - directing 2 . 4 ( c ) helps inmates to become more acceptable persons to ...