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The "Context+Mechanism" Association: Mastering a Key Heuristic in Realist Evaluation for Innovating Complex Programmes and Policy

This webinar is the second part of a series on Realist Methodology for the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus. Undertaking inquiry using the realist approach involves analyzing complexity in terms of context-mechanism-outcome configurations. Confusion often arises in determining what data should fit under 'context' or else 'mechanism' in the process of configuring. This webinar will provide working definitions for context, mechanism and outcome and will introduce of examples of data to be transformed into CMO configurations to exemplify how this can be done. The goal is to stimulate ideas around how to define concepts, theorize programmes and configure data in realist analysis, with the ultimate ambition of increasing capacity for using realist evaluation to assess and innovate programmes.    

26th June, 2017
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