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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Table 4.6 Phases of the prison program evaluation Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Inspection of academic literature and focusing on practitioners ' ' folk theories ' on why and for whom the program might work Outcome analysis internal to the ...
The practitioners had at their disposal a variety of burglary reduction measures , summarizable along a continuum from ' giving advice ' to ' help with target hardening ' to'mobilizing attempts at detection ' .
We normally consult with practitioners on program content , Frank . F.C .: Actually that was research design and no , I'm not trying to usurp the practitioner's function . What I'm saying is that it is crucial to recognize and ...