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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In the past we have tried to replicate some of the hottest anti - smoking initiatives
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the duplicity of duplication . A . T . : Two of the potentially finest school smoking ...
E . B . : Quite so , anti - smoking theories cover everything from breaking the
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a symbolic rite de passage that moment of individuality when a person ' s
So what is done in a smoking prevention program will trigger a mechanism
effecting a change in smoking behaviour only if the surrounding circumstances
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