Welcome to the website for the Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES), operated by Dr. Justin Jagosh. Realist methodology (in the tradition of Pawson and Tilley 1997; Pawson 2006, 2013) is a theory-driven approach to understanding 'what works, for whom, under what circumstances and how' for programmes, services, interventions and policies. The methodology is burgeoning for assessment across many sectors including health and social service, crime prevention, social policy, international development and environmental studies.
For an introduction to Realist Evaluation and Synthesis watch this video delivered for engage@liverpool, January 2017. Scroll down for more advanced tutorials on Realist Methodology.
Pawson R, & Tilley N. (1997). Realistic Evaluation. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Pawson R, (2006). Evidence-Based Policy: A Realist perspective, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
Pawson R, (2013). The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage