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EVALUATING "REALISTIC EVALUATION": EVIDENCE FROM A STUDY OF CCTV

EVALUATING "REALISTIC EVALUATION": EVIDENCE FROM A STUDY OF CCTV,Martin Gill,Vicky Turbin

EVALUATING "REALISTIC EVALUATION": EVIDENCE FROM A STUDY OF CCTV   (Citations: 3)
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This paper examines a new evaluation methodology developed by Pawson and Tilley (1997) that they term "realistic evaluation." A small- scale evaluation of closed circuit television (CCTV) in two retail stores is used to illustrate the practical use of the methodology and to demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. The study offers guide- lines to other researchers about potential pitfalls in conducting a realistic evaluation. Some conclusions are presented about the possible impact of CCTV within a retail environment. The paper concludes that the Pawson and Tilley methodology shows great promise for future evaluations. It highlights the point that an apparent failure to affect crime levels (using statistical measures) may still generate other benefits if the research is designed within the realistic evaluation framework.
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