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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... corrections evaluations do not lie with the ethical or the practical , but belong at
the even more fundamental level of the ... experimental and control conditions ,
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7 represent the levels of engagement which prompt the highest levels of relative
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For example , a simple development of rational choice theory is the idea that
decisions to commit crimes are informed by the levels of perceived risk , reward
and effort involved ( Clarke , 1992 ) . This suggests that we can understand