This four-day workshop examines the fundamentals of realist evaluation and synthesis and is designed to help participants develop their skill for recognizing the observable and hidden forces that produce outcomes in complex interventions.
Participants will explore the advantages and challenges of using this methodology in evaluating or synthesizing evidence - to move past the question of ‘was it successful?’ to better understand how, for whom, and under what circumstances interventions produce their particular outcomes.
This workshop is suitable for those new to the methodology or who are contemplating how it could be used, as well as those who are currently working on realist projects.
- overview of principles pertaining to realist methodology
- definition of ‘context’ ‘mechanism’ and ‘outcome’ for CMO configuring
- approach to developing initial programme theories
- approach to incorporating middle-range theories
- practical steps for data collection and analysis
The workshop will involve didactic teaching as well as small group discussion and workshop exercises. A reading list including key literature on realist methodology will be provided for further study.
Dates and times
This course will be delivered online and takes place over four sessions:
|8 June 2022||8:00 – 11:00|
|9 June 2022||8:00 – 11:00|
|15 June 2022||8:00 – 11:00|
|16 June 2022||8:00 – 11:00|
Course capacity: Maximum number of participants is 18
Eligibility: University of Bath staff and postgraduate students are eligible to apply