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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Crime prevention is amongst the biggest growth areas in UK evaluation , and
thus provides good examples of how and how not to attempt to combine the
wisdom achieved from many , many single studies . Our account starts with the
and questioning the reliability and validity of one or other of these studies , the
realist instinct is to go back to the theory drawing - board in order to search for a
refinement in understanding of the risk enhancement mechanism which would ...
Cumulation : some accumulated wisdom It is difficult to see how the progress
made could have been achieved without significant evaluator understanding of
earlier studies . Our example shows , we think , that cumulation turns on the ...