ERIC Number: EJ784673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 32
Combining Campbell Standards and the Realist Evaluation Approach: The Best of Two Worlds?
van der Knaap, Leontien M.; Leeuw, Frans L.; Bogaerts, Stefan; Nijssen, Laura T. J.
American Journal of Evaluation, v29 n1 p48-57 2008
This article presents an approach to systematic reviews that combines the Campbell Collaboration Crime and Justice standards and the realist notion of contexts-mechanisms-outcomes (CMO) configurations. Both approaches have their advantages and drawbacks, and the authors will make a case for combining both approaches to profit from their advantages without having to deal with their separate weaknesses. They proceed to discuss how their approach should be put into practice and illustrate its use by giving a concise description of an example from their own work on the effects of prevention of violence. The authors conclude with a discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of their suggested approach and state that combining Campbell standards and the realist evaluation approach should be done more often. (Contains 2 notes.)
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Evaluation Methods, Criminology, Evaluation Research, Social Psychology, Program Descriptions, Crime Prevention, Review (Reexamination), Program Validation, Program Improvement, Program Development
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