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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Accordingly , it is a common experience of all prison teachers that their courses
attract a ' certain type of prisoner ' . All teachers would add furthermore that one
has to be in the right institutional context in order to sustain the kind of priorities ...
A diverse set of data collection instruments was piloted but by far the most
progress was obtained with a modification of a ' discussion document produced
by a prison service regional education officer which took as its task to list and
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