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EventConference24th October, 2017 to 26th October, 2017AustraliaPaid
The 2017 Realist Conference invites realist researchers, evaluators, theorists and methodologists of all descriptions, along with those who are commissioning realist work and those who are using it to inform practice and policy together to answer: In what circumstances and for whom have realist methods been useful, in what respects, and why? In what contexts have they not proved useful, and why? How do the specific methods we use in our research or evaluation contribute (or not) to their use? What new developments or methods would further support their use?
Realist evaluation is a form of theory-driven evaluation, but is set apart by its explicit philosophical underpinnings.
Pawson and Tilley (1997) developed the first realist evaluation approach, although other interpretations have been developed since. Pawson and Tilley argued that in order to be useful for decision makers, evaluations need to identify ‘what works in which circumstances and for whom?’, rather than merely ‘does it work?.
The complete realist question is: “What works, for whom, in what respects, to what extent, in what contexts, and how?”. In order to answer that question, realist evaluators aim to identify the underlying generative mechanisms that explain ‘how’ the outcomes were caused and the influence of context.
The focus of this one-day workshop was to build practical skills to conduct a realist evaluation for international development projects and programmes. The rapidly changing context of development assistance in recent years combined with growing pressure on policymakers to demonstrate value for money has led to criticism that many impact evaluation approaches lack rigour or fail to respond to this complex and shifting environment. Over the last decade this has led to a surge of interest in exploring alternative, yet still robust, approaches to impact evaluation.
Evidence-Based Medicine & Evidence-Based Policy: The world’s most perfectly developed method & the 79-pound weakling?EventSeminar15th November, 2016United KingdomFree
Week 49: The 1st international conference on realist approaches to evaluation: my ‘realist’ take-awaysBlog5th December, 2014
Tiina Pasanen is a Research Officer for the Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) Programme at the Overseas Development Programme (ODI). In this blog, Tiina shares her top three realist ‘take-aways’ from the 1st International Conference on Realist Approaches to Evaluation and reflects on when or how realist evaluation may be most useful.