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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More specifically , we wish to examine the problem of car park crime and attempts to reduce it through the installation of closed - circuit television ( CCTV ) . Such programs , in fact , share a key characteristic with all social ...
That is to say , anticipated added difficulty of disposal and greater risk of apprehension operate to reduce burglary risk ... residential area in Sweden ( Knuttsen , 1984 ) found no reduction in burglary amongst scheme participants .
Table 5.2 A realistic reconstruction of aspects of Kirkholt Context + Mechanism = Outcome pattern + A high - crime area marked by very high rates of reburglary Lower rates of revictimization togeth with a reduction in the burglary rate ...