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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NO SMOKING WITHOUT FIRING MECHANISMS : A ' REALISTIC '
CONSULTATION The following ( fictional ) dialogue is ... This chapter considers
how a realistic approach could be applied to the evaluation of smoking cessation
COMMIT Research Group ( 1991 ) ' Community Intervention Trial for Smoking
Cessation ( COMMIT ) : summary of design and ... II : Changes in adult cigarette
smoking prevalence ' , American Journal of Public Health , 85 : 193 – 200 . Cook ,
Jencks , S . and Anderson , L . ( 1995 ) ' COMMIT anti - smoking program shows
modest success ' , Journal of the National ... Lichtenstein , E . and Glasgow , R . (
1992 ) ' Smoking cessation : what have we learned over the past decade ?