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Realist Evaluation in Practice
Health and Social Work

First Edition


June 2003 | 180 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'The strengths of this book are the first two chapters outlining the issues around realist evaluation and the final chapter, as well as the use throughout the book of real-life examples… in conclusion this is a timely introductory text on the methods and methodology of realist evaluation' - Critical Public Health

Realist evaluation is an exciting new way to investigate what works, for whom and in what contexts and here for the first time, Mansoor A F Kazi shows how it applies to today's practice in social work, health and other human services.

To show how realist evaluation has the potential to change practice, the author provides in-depth examples of evaluation in adult rehabilitation, drug-using communities, users of family centres and an NSPCC project that provides services for children who sexually harm other children. Within these instances, realist evaluation procedures were integrated into the practice and decisions regarding the content and the targeting of services were developed effectively.

Written in an engaging style, this book will be of value to social workers and all those engaged in service delivery or research across the spectrum of health and social care.

 
Introduction
 
Contemporary Paradigms in Practice Evaluation
 
The Realist Paradigm in Evaluation
 
Use of Interpretivist Research Methods in Realist Evaluation
 
Quantitative Sub-Group Analysis
Evaluation of Family Centres  
 
Quantitative Sub-Group Analysis
Evaluation of an Adult Rehabilitation Unit  
 
Implementing the Realist Effectiveness Cycle
Evaluation of NSPCC's Shield Project  
 
Conclusion
The Development of Realism for Practice  

'The strengths of this book are the first two chapters outlining the issues around realist evaluation and the final chapter, as well as the use throughout the book of real-life examples… in conclusion this is a timely introductory text on the methods and methodology of realist evaluation' - Critical Public Health

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