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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Target hardening , adapted to the specific risks revealed by research and the
judgements of trained police officers , was allocated on this basis . Cocoons were
fostered by bringing together the victimized and their neighbours . ' Kirkholt was ...
are not simply putting some specific interviewing ' tricks ' or ' techniques ' up for
inspection . The idea is not simply a matter of piling up a set of attitudinal
statements and getting them explained as in the prison education example , or
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produce particular patterns of change in smoking behaviour ( to generate well -
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