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WRDTC Advanced Training Series: Realist Methods

Date - Tuesday, 18th July 2017 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

Course leader & contact details 
Joanne Greenhalgh j.greenhalgh@leeds.ac.uk

Date of session
Tuesday 18th July 2017


University of Leeds, Room G33 Liberty Building

Description of course

This one day event will provide an introduction to realist evaluation and realist synthesis, as developed by Professor Ray Pawson (Pawson &Tilley, 1997; Pawson, 2006). By the end of this event, we hope you will have an understanding of what realist evaluation and realist synthesis are, an overview of their strengths and weaknesses and have explored whether these approaches will answer your research questions.

This workshop has been designed in collaboration with Prof. Ray Pawson. Dr Joanne Greenhalgh and Dr Rebecca Randell will be hosting the event. They are currently working with Prof. Pawson in consulting and applying these methods in research across a number of policy sectors.

This group now forms the Health Hub of the University of Leeds Building Sustainable Societies Transformation Fund project which aims to apply social science methods to address policy and clinically relevant challenges in healthcare through interdisciplinary research.

Presentations followed by question and answer sessions will provide an overview of each approach and examples of how realist evaluation and synthesis have been applied in practice. This will enable delegates to understand how to carry out a realist evaluation and a realist synthesis and critically evaluate each approach. Group based “surgeries” will provide an opportunity for delegates to explore specific issues relating to the application of realist evaluation and realist synthesis in their own research and share insights from their own research and experience. Opportunities for networking are integrated across the day but a “speed networking session” will facilitate this by allowing participants to discuss their interests and exchange emails.

Target audience & any previous experience required

The workshop is relevant to PhD researchers who are interested in the application of realist methods to the evaluation and synthesis of complex interventions and for those with an interest in realism in the social sciences.

Basic understanding of realist methods is required.

No of places available

Information about teaching staff
Dr Joanne Greenhalgh, School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Leeds

I am a social research methodologist with an academic background in psychology and public health. My current role is focused on applying realist evaluation and realist synthesis to the evaluation of healthcare policy and practice. I am currently working with Ray Pawson to carry out a realist synthesis of demand management for planned care funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Dr Rebecca Randell, School of Healthcare, University of Leeds

Rebecca is a researcher in health informatics and leads the Decision Making research group, undertaking research concerned with the use of health IT in supporting healthcare professionals’ decision making. Although she has a background in software engineering, her research is very much focused on the social, understanding how healthcare professionals carry out their work in order to inform the design of health IT to support that work and with understanding how health IT is used in practice.

Enquiry contact details

Registrations: Book your place at this link – (PhD researchers in Leeds, York and Sheffield ONLY)