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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4 theory Laycock ' s refinements to her realist property marking Context + New
mechanism Outcome pattern + = Small isolated area , with local burglars
Familiarization with new measures and recognition of unchanged risks Gradual
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The practitioners had at their disposal a variety of burglary reduction measures ,
summarizable along a continuum from ' giving advice to ' help with target
hardening ' to ' mobilizing attempts at detection ' . They had also devised a
system for ...
2 Underlying crime prevention program theory Context + Mechanism Outcome
Communities with wide range of opportunities for crime : easy pickings at low risk
to the offender ' Situational measures increase risk and difficulty , and reduce ...