Critical realism and realist evaluation: An overview for everyone
International Institute for Qualitative Methodology – University of Alberta
Critical realism and realist evaluation research are increasingly fashionable but seldom understood or done well. Participate in this webinar to learn what critical realism and realist evaluation are and how you can use them in research.
Join Alex Clark as he draws on 15 years experience leading research using critical realist and realist evaluation. Using every day examples, learn what the main tenets of critical realism are and why the realist aim of explanation is so important to research. In the second half, see how these are expressed in realist evaluation – the seminal approach of Pawson & Tilley – and can be used to explore programs, interventions and policy mechanisms and how these vary by context.
No previous experience or knowledge is needed and the webinar is relevant for all disciplines.
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Alex Clark is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing in Canada. His research draws on complexity and realist theory to understand health outcomes. His special interests are in: chronic disease management, heart disease and self-care. This work has been published in some of the world’s most impactful journals including: the British Medical Journal, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Social Science & Medicine and Heart. He currently chairs the IIQM Board and is Co-editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods.