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 social science ( most particularly sociology , geography , psychology ) there
have been a number of attempts to make the leap from scientific realist
explanation to realist social explanation . Amongst the best known works of this
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Social ( and physical ) reality is stratified . That which we can observe , including
the most manifest and routine regularities , is produced by the operation of
underlying generative forces which may not be immediately observable .
reburglaries at businesses , 175 - 6 see also victimization , repeat recidivism , 87
– 8 , 109 – 10 see also Prison Education project regularities in social programs ,
71 - 2 regularity , equals mechanism plus context , 56 , 71 rehabilitation of ...