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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bourhoods in neighbourhood watch schemes illustrates a general model of
contextual understanding - namely that one has to hypothesize upon , identify ,
conceptualize and eventually measure contextual similarities and difference .
gaining understanding of social programs , namely , developing theoretical
models of social interventions . A very seductive and attractive feature of
controlled experiments is that it is not necessary to understand how a social
program works in ...
... that perhaps speaks for itself – namely academic - related change . The roots
of scepticism about the transformative capacity of education seem more diverse .
There would seem to be ( at least ) two distinctive features which underlie doubt .