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 key explanatory resource , however , is to figure out the potential for change of the program mechanisms ( M2 ) . As we have emphasized several times , it is not programs that'work ' but their ability to break into the existing ...
Off the top of my head , there might be several different mechanisms which such an intervention might trigger . ... state - of - the - art advice on novel steps to avoid smoking : let's call that the ' new tactics ' mechanism ( M , ) .
Rule 3 : Mechanisms Evaluators need to focus on how the causal mechanisms which generate social and behavioural problems are removed or countered through the alternative causal mechanisms introduced in a social program .