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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Contact policing will attempt to work by changing the balance of reasoning . Such
programs should therefore be considered not as a given level of ' dosage '
applied to the sick community but as ' suggestions ' for future action . They will
... explanation and we thus suppose that the evaluation of social programs will
deploy identical explanatory forms , reaching ' down ' to the layers of individual
reasoning ( what is the desirability of the ideas promoted by a program ? ) and '
The weapons available are the rather genteel ones of reasoning , thought and
reflection . Notions of ' behaviour modification ' , of ' thought control ' , of '
deficiency repair ' , of ' curing the sick mind ' were not really what this group of