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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to perfect a particular method of evaluation which will work for a specific class of
project in well - circumscribed circumstances . In our particular case , this
betokens an attempt to return evaluation to its roots in examining the
effectiveness of ...
We are past the point of wanting to report that crime prevention does or does not
work , and now are interested in specifying the conditions under which particular
outcomes are observed . ' ( 1988 , p . 382 ) These are indeed words of wisdom ...
Following a particular course might lead to inmates developing knowledge , skills
and confidence which realize their potential ( for the first time ) . 2 Education
might lead to economic potential . Education of whatever sort can be considered