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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This tide coincided with the pragmatic turn in evaluation and the two swept along to form an approach we shall refer to as constructivism . This offers yet a different organizational focus for evaluation , which moves the lead item on ...
The delivery of a ' treatment for offenders such as the Cognitive Skills Training Program turns on a complex sequence of events ... and the nature and success of the exchange of ideas will in turn be mediated by these characteristics .
Presumably the success of a refusal skills program depends on the verisimilitude of the social situations which are simulated - and this will turn crucially on the balance of input from child , teacher and health professional . E.B .