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 ' Martinson problem ' rears its unwelcome head in this corner of the literature
too . Some results were expected , some not . Some findings follow those of
previous studies , some do not . No generalizable conclusions are forthcoming .
As we have emphasized several times , it is not programs that ' work ' but their
ability to break into the existing chains of resources and reasoning which led to
the ' problem ' . Adopting this focus gives us realism ' s axiom 1 for dealing with ...
It turned on specific analysis of the burglary problem and the development of
particular measures to reduce it . We hold the list here . Clearly it has the
potential to go on forever . Whilst this is obviously a complex initiative , we would
have the ...