2019 CARES Advanced Study in Realist Methodology


Monday, October 28th - Thursday, October 31st, 2019
University of Liverpool, London Campus
33 Finsbury Square, London, UK

The 2018 CARES Advanced Study in Realist Methodology is a 4-day intensive for advanced practitioner training in retroduction and evidence-informed programme theory development, facilitated by Dr. Justin Jagosh. 


Applicants must meet the following requirements: 

1. One or more of the following: (a) participation in a prior CARES Summer School; (b) participation in a CARES Realist Methodology Training Week (requires full-week attendance); (c) published paper(s) on or using realist methodology. 

2. Actively working on a research or evaluation project using realist methodology in any one of the following stages: theory development, protocol development, data collection, analysis, theory testing, modelling, and synthesis.

The advanced course will introduce fundamental principles on retroduction in realist evaluation and how to engage middle-range and programme theories in data collection and analysis. Participants can expect to improve their understanding of foundational realist concepts including 'mechanisms' and the 'context-mechanism-outcome' configuration. Candidates must be working on projects involving realist methodology and should have an interest in group consultation. There will be opportunity to receive individualized attention on projects, time to work through research design issues and discuss challenges. 

If you would like to attend, please send an email to justin.jagosh@liverpool.ac.uk explaining how you fulfill the two requirements stated above. Applicants will be given a response by email and if accepted will be given specific payment instructions. If you are not sure you meet the requirements please contact justin.jagosh@liverpool.ac.uk for clarification. 



Dr. Justin Jagosh is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES). He runs a full-time consultancy for realist methodology training and support. Previously he served as a co-investigator on the NIHR funded RAMESES II project to develop quality guidelines and reporting standards for Realist Evaluation and has worked with many research teams on a variety of projects using realist methodology.


Daily Schedule (includes lunch and tea/coffee):

9:45am - 11:00am: Morning Session I

11:00am - 11:15am: Break

11:15am - 1:00pm: Morning Session II

1:00pm - 1:45pm: Lunch

1:45pm - 3:00pm: Afternoon session I

3:00pm - 3:15pm: Break

3:15pm - 4:30pm: Afternoon session II


For questions related to course content please contact Justin at justin.jagosh@liverpool.ac.uk
Practical and registration queries should be directed to admin@realistmethodology-cares.org


Early Bird ends September 6th, 2019

Professional: £875 (Early Bird)/ £975 (Regular)

Student*: £675 (Early Bird)/ £775 (Regular)

(*Students must have full time student status)

Refund policy:

90% Until August 31st, 2019
50% September 1st to October 1st, 2019
0% After October 1st, 2019