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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Measurements were planned and targeted at the precise outcome patterns which
were expected supposing that the conjectured mechanisms had been triggered .
Finally the evaluation researcher considered the implications of her findings for ...
First , it might be the window sticker rather than property marking per se which
triggered the crime reducing mechanism , and that what the label was saying was
, in effect , “ burglar beware - you are at more risk in this household than in others
It is only theoretically informed examination of the monthly figures which shows
this reading to be implausible and that there are more complex causal
mechanisms being triggered in the scheme context . What is useful for the policy
maker from ...