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 and causation In this section we want to consider the nature of
change sought in ' corrections ' programs . We want to show that the very nature
of rehabilitative change is such that it cannot be captured in OXO terminology .
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We end our physics tutorial by quoting Kuhn : Because most scientific laws have
so few points of contact with nature , because investigations of these contact
points usually demand such laborious instrumentation and approximation , and ...
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research design , xv , 83 – 114 research languor , 41 research relationship ,
evaluator and stakeholder , xvi , 153 – 82 researchers , and hierarchy of