[This workshop is full]

Gaining Clarity from the Philosophical Foundations of Realist Evaluation: One-day workshop + webinar

Part 1: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

[9:45am - 4:30pm] lunch provided

Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

1 Brownlow St. Liverpool (UK)


Part 2: Thursday, June 21st, 2018 (follow-up on-line webinar)

[4:00pm - 6:30pm GMT]


This one-day in-person workshop + online webinar on the philosophical foundations of realist evaluation is designed to assist professional researchers, commissioners, evaluation specialists, Ph.D students and others improve their analytical capacity, and conceptual thinking using realist philosophy. A list of discussion areas are provided below. The follow-up webinar will provide an opportunity for workshop participants to practice articulating their understanding of realist principles. Being able to articulate these principles is an important development in complexity theorizing. The workshop will highlight key ideas in realist evaluation and realist philosophy. Participants will learn how to address and articulate ideas using the following concepts that form a philosophical basis for conducting realist evaluations.

1. Falsifiable Programme Theorizing (Popper/Campbell)

2. Middle-Range Theory (Merton)

3. Retroduction, Generative Causation, and Ontological Depth (Bhaskar)

4. Abduction (Pierce)

4. Demi-Regularity (Lawson)

4. Emergence and Morphogenesis (Archer)

5. Context-Mechanism-Outcome configuration (Pawson and Tilley)


Participants may enroll in one or more of any of the four workshops offered in the training week.




Early Bird (until March 20th, 2018):

Professional £225 / Student £175*

Regular Rate (After March 20th, 2018)

Professional £275 / Student £225*

(*Students must have Full Time student status)


Refund policy:

100% Until February 21st, 2018

50% After February 21st to April 7th, 2018

0% After April 7th, 2018