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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1 already victimized was reduced from four times the expected rate to zero in the first seven months of the project ( Forrester et ... We follow the implicitly realist line of advance in the theory and research on repeat victimization .
As Farrell and Pease put it , findings about patterns of repeat victimization provided a basis for getting the crime prevention grease to the crime squeak . Instead of dissipating efforts across a wide range of potential targets for ...
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