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 intervention itself was delivered over four years through a community
organization approach . So one had a virtual blitz of mandated activities ,
including public education programs , health care provision , worksite activities ,
28 Even more esoteric is a study showing how the intervention of dental
surgeons helped to snuff out the use of chewing tobacco . 29 Whilst these are
totally different circumstances , presumably they all reflect increased sensitivity of
Harmondsworth : Penguin . COMMIT Research Group ( 1991 ) ' Community
Intervention Trial for Smoking Cessation ( COMMIT ) : summary of design and
intervention ' , Journal of the National Cancer Institute , 83 : 1620 _ 1628 .