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 a working instance of what we earlier termed ' logic - in - use ' . In cracking
a practical research problem , researchers actually reaffirm a broader set of
methodological principles . Thus when Porporino and Robinson insist that ' the
If we compare the educational success rates of boys and girls ( R ) , the
traditional picture was for the former to outperform the latter . Currently the
position is reversing ( R . ) , with girls obtaining , for instance , a 10 % higher rate
of ' top ' GCSE ...
For instance , if we consider the simplest potential mechanism for burglary
reduction , namely ' target hardening ' ( that is , fitting stronger and more visible
locks to windows and doors ) , we need to establish precisely how the new