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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There is nothing about educational programs which intrinsically reduces offender
reconviction . ... CCTV could reduce car crime by making it more likely that
present offenders will be observed on screen , detected instantly and then
Those car crimes which can be completed in a very short space of time may
decline less than those which take more time , as offenders calculate the time
taken for police or security officers to come or the probability that panning
cameras will ...
... to the offender ' Situational measures increase risk and difficulty , and reduce
prospective rewards from from offending ... lower yields from crimes ; more
apprehensions of offenders Visible situational measures alter prospective