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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What we have in this case is a series of follow - up studies , self - consciously
linked and progressively refining an understanding of the mechanisms , contexts
and outcome patterns associated with repeat victimization and efforts to reduce it
2 A realistic reconstruction of aspects of Kirkholt Context + Mechanism =
Outcome pattern + = A high - crime area marked by very high rates of reburglary
Lower rates of revictimization together with a reduction in the burglary rate overall
They fire multiple mechanisms having different effects on different subjects in
different situations , and so produce multiple outcomes . Realist evaluators thus
examine outcome patterns in a theory testing role . Outcomes are not inspected ...