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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The key explanatory resource , however , is to figure out the potential for change
of the program mechanisms ( M . ) . As we have emphasized several times , it is
not programs that ' work ' but their ability to break into the existing chains of ...
Realist evaluation is all about turning this moment ' s thought into a
comprehensive theory of the mechanisms through which CCTV may enter the
potential criminal ' s mind , and the contexts needed if these powers are to be
If these had some spatial concentration , it would demonstrate that the potential
thief had a ( perhaps sophisticated ) understanding of camera angles , panning
times , blind spots , escape routes , response times etc . Thinking through the