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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For instance , if we consider the simplest potential mechanism for burglary
reduction , namely ' target hardening ' ( that is , fitting stronger and more visible
locks to windows and doors ) , we need to establish precisely how the new
Thus we see in the first row that the very high existing rates of reburglary ( C ) led
the team to single out already victimized homes for target hardening ( M ) . This
follows through in terms of a specific outcome target which is to reduce ...
The practitioners had at their disposal a variety of burglary reduction measures ,
summarizable along a continuum from ' giving advice to ' help with target
hardening ' to ' mobilizing attempts at detection ' . They had also devised a
system for ...