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 ...
A given rate of car crime may result from widely differing prevalences of offending . ... this may be by anything from a single ( very busy ) offender to as many as 1,000 offenders , or still more if they operate in groups .
... rewards from from offending More failed crimes ; lower yields from crimes ; more apprehensions of offenders crime ... offender Visible situational measures alter prospective offenders ' perception of the risks , efforts and rewards ...