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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What is more , we are certainly not suggesting that such potential motivations be
stirred into the ' pre - selection equivalence ' pot , since there is no way of
achieving control over the mass of judgements made during the typical program .
Instead of dissipating efforts across a wide range of potential targets for crime ,
these results suggested a way of targeting ... Note that such an idea , whilst
particularly strong at suggesting who should be targeted , has nothing to say
about the ...
But what I mean by theory need not be so rhapsodic , and it ' s a mistake to
contrast theory and practice in the way you suggest . The theories I have in mind
are program theories , the bright ideas which go into the construction of each new