(2015) succinctly summarized the version of mechanism promoted by Pawson and Tilley in realist evaluation work as “a combination of resources offered by the social programme under study and stakeholders’ reasoning in response” (p. 3). Pawson and Tilley are, for example, scathing about social con- structionist approaches that aim to describe multiple truths, arguing that within this paradigm relativist perspectives become mired in context.2We perceive that the gist of their argument is that, … Ray Pawson. Unusually, it offers something for the academic, practitioner and student alike. Pawson and Tilley argue persuasively and passionately that scientific evaluation requires a careful blend of theory and method, quality and quantity, ambition and realism. Pawson and Tilley (1997) developed the first realist evaluation approach, although other interpretations have been developed since. This holds important promise for achieving something that is devoutly to be wished: closer interaction among at least some researchers and some policy makers′ - Eleanor Chelimsky, Past-President of the American Evaluation Association, `This is a sustained methodological argument by two wordly-wise social scientists. The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference, Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach (Applied Social Research Methods), Case Study Research and Applications: Design and Methods, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (50th Anniversary Edition), Reliability and Validity Assessment (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences), `This book is a must for those engaged in the field, providing a fully illustrated text on evaluation with numerous examples from the criminal justice system. Resources list on 'realist' evaluation Introduction Realist evaluation is a valuable method for addressing the complexity of social programmes. Evaluation 2002 8: 2, 157-181 Download Citation. The realist evaluation approach was first developed by Pawson and Tilley (1997) and has since been adapted in many different ways. The voice is sometimes strident, but always clear. This does not quite bracket me with the technical nerds, however, for I have written widely on the philosophy and practice of research, covering methods qualitative and quantitative, pure and applied, contemporaneous and historical. Please try again. 2001;22(3):317-324. Dr Rebecca Hardwick Chair, Programme Committee Brian Galvin Chair, Organising Committee Welcome to the Realist 2021 Conference Ray Pawson’s and Nick Tilley’s seminal 1997 text, ‘Realistic Evaluation’, began a shift in the terrain in research and evaluation, for those who do research and evaluation and those who commission and use it. For myself their "realistic evaluation" clarified and formalised a jumbled set of ideas I had already been developing. Realistic Evaluation shows how programme evaluation needs to be, and can be bettered. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. highly recommend this to anyone seeking to evaluate services . I recommend it highly but given the breadth of topics on the course it should be considered supplementary reading, rather than recommended. Claiming to be a “realist” can sometimes feel like choosing to bat on the side of the “good.” Too many people, in too many walks of life, have argued for their cause under the banner of “realism” for … I found Pawson and Tilley′s latest work on evaluation an enjoyable and informative read. Due to the current restrictions in place, our inspection copy policy has changed. The authors lead us into their views of realist evaluation providing the history, and introducing case studies to explain different aspects of realistic evaluation. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 21, 2018, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2013. Although theory-driven evaluation may not be associated with any particular ideology or philosophy , in their seminal work, Pawson and Tilley describe realist evaluation (RE) as an explanation-driven, generic approach to evaluation grounded in scientific realism . There is a common ′realist′ thread underlying every word, albeit a modest, middle-range, empirically-rich kind of realism. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Although not everyone will agree with the methodology proposed by the authors, this book is a valuable read as it will cause most of us at least to review our methodological stance′ -. For myself their `realistic evaluation′ clarified and formalised a jumbled set of ideas I had already been developing. Service will resume on the 1st December. Realistic Evaluation shows how programme evaluation needs to be, and can be bettered. The book offers a complete blueprint for evaluation activities, covering design to data collection and analysis to the accumulation of findings across programs and onto the realization of research into policy. Specific interests lie in evaluation methodology, the international crime drop, problem-oriented policing, and situational crime prevention, about all of which he has published extensively. 1 The nature of programmes and how they work, 2 Basic concepts in the explanation and understanding of programmes. Realist evaluation is a form of theory-driven evaluation, but is set apart by its explicit philosophical underpinnings. The charge, however, remains. Notes on contributor. is a professor in the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University, and an adjunct professor at the Griffith Criminology Institute in Brisbane. It is the kind of book that clarifies your thoughts, even when you disagree with everything they say' - Elliot Stern, The … Tilley and Pawson (1997) developed a model of theory driven evaluation called 'realistic evaluation' that was centred on finding not only what outcomes were produced from interventions but also 'how they are produced, and what is significant about the varying conditions in the which the interventions take place' (Tilley, 2000).