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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Program effectiveness was measured by making comparisons over time ( I – O )
of change in victimization ' , ' change in fear of victimization ' , ' perceptions of the
area ' , ' informal social control ' and ' satisfaction with police ' . Each of these ...
already victimized was reduced from four times the expected rate to zero in the
first seven months of the project ( Forrester et al . , 1988 ) . ... We follow the
implicitly realist line of advance in the theory and research on repeat victimization
... 202 in realist evaluation cycle , 85 and repeat victimization , 138 – 41 , 139 ,
140 , 141 types , 120 value , 83 , 214 in wheel of science , 84 theory and
empirical data , 120 – 1 , 121 theory - driven evaluation , 25 theory - driven
interviews , 155 ...