Understanding the application, underlying principles and processes
A new accredited short course part of the Postgraduate Evidence-Based Health Care programme
If you want to know how, why, for whom, to what extent and in what contexts complex interventions or programmes ‘work’, then this course is for you.
This course will provide an understanding of realist review (or synthesis) and realist evaluation. Participants should then be able to apply their new knowledge and skills to their own realist research project, regardless of which field of research they come from.
In health care and many other fields of research, interventions are often described as being complex and have outcomes that are dependent on context. When these complex interventions fail to achieve their desired outcomes, the explanation frequently provided is because they are both complex and context dependent.
Realist research approaches (realist evaluation or realist review) can help make sense of these types of interventions or programmes. The approaches are theory driven – developing structurally coherent explanations of interventions and test these against empirical data.
Led by Dr Geoff Wong, a Clinical Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Full details and information on how to apply can be found on the course webpage – www.conted.ox.ac.uk/realist