The annual CARES Summer School is a 4-day intensive for training in realist methodology (evaluation and synthesis). The programme is designed to assist participants advance their projects using the methodology and gain increased clarity in applying realist principles to complex areas of assessment. The application of realist methodology to research projects is a craft. For many of us, collective effort and co-learning is fundamental to developing an inspired capacity for undertaking this approach.
Through active engagement during the summer school the aim is that participants will:
- learn about realist methodology and clarify underlying principles;
- explore if realist methodology is a right fit given scope and nature of inquiry;
- overcome research design challenges,
- apply programme/middle range theories and craft CMO configurations;
- partake in one-on-one consultations with facilitators and receive specialized feedback;
- present work-in-progress;
- gain exposure to a diversity of projects and share knowledge;
- use quiet space for data immersion and writing;
- network, collaborate and become part of a community of practice for realist inquiry
The learning structure for the course involves a mix of didactic teaching, one-on-on consultations, and informal discussion. Over the course of the four days, participants will have the opportunity to receive individualized attention on their projects in which they talk through research design issues, show work-in-progress analyses and receive feedback.
Based on new insights and clarity, participants may then choose to work on projects in a space designated for quiet study or else engage with other participants in discussion. Participants can return to consultation after working on their project for further feedback.
The one-on-one sessions are open to anyone so others can join in, listen and participate in the consultation discussion. In past events this has proven to be advantageous for gleaning realist methodology principles from practical and conceptual challenges in application and finding common points of connection for peer support.
The course is limited to 30 and participants will be asked to complete a needs assessment survey in advance of the course.