Submissions are being accepted for the 2018/2019 Worldwide Directory for Realist Methodology Networking and Support. Realist research hubs, reading groups, networks, and funded studies qualify for entry. To enter a submission, please click on the 'submit entry' button below and complete the form.
The form will ask you for the following information:

Name of Realist Methodology Group or Project:
Institutional/Organizational Affiliation:
Website Address, if any:
Brief Description of Group or Project (100 words):
Publications, if applicable:
Name/email of Primary and Secondary Contacts:

The deadline for submissions is June 15th, 2018 and the new directory will be published at by July 1st, 2018.
Please note that submissions not demonstrating the use of, or focus on, realist methodology will be omitted from the listing. The 2018/2019 directory will replace the current directory (listed below) and will be maintained until June 30th 2019.  

Title: The RAMESES Projects


Brief Description: The RAMESES Projects were funded by the United Kingdom's National Institute of Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research Programme to develop reporting and quality standards and training materials for realist reviews and realist evaluations.

Email: Geoff Wong at

Title: 2017 International Realist Conference, Brisbane Australia


Brief Description: International Conference for Realist Research, Evaluation and Synthesis: From Promise to Practice


Title: RealismLeeds


Brief Description: Realism Leeds is a network of over 30 academics linking researchers and teachers using realist approaches across disciplinary boundaries at the University of Leeds.  This website provides links to their projects and the videos of the RealismLeeds conference that was held in November 2015.

Email: ,

Title: Northumbria University Realist Reading Group

Website: N/A

Brief Description: The Northumbria University Realist Reading Group is a relaxed and informal learning group in which one article using or describing realist methods is discussed. The group is open to those with varying experience of realist methods – from novice to expert. The format of the group is flexible although the aim is to have 30 minutes discussing the selected article (distributed pre-meeting) and 30 minutes for discussing methodological issues, queries and concerns. The group is held every 6 weeks. Please email Sonia Dalkin for dates.


Title: Lancashire Realist Evaluation Network (LoREN)

Website: pending

Brief description: informal network meeting bi-monthly, the last Tuesday in the month, 4-5pm. The format will be an initial short presentation followed by open debate and discussion, facilitated by Karen Whittaker. For each meetings we invite volunteers to present their RE studies and ideas. The purpose is to generate a supportive community where PGR students and post doc researchers can develop thinking and plans for RE study design.

Email: Karen Whittaker,

Reader in child and family Health, Tel: 01772 893786

Title: Institute for Global Health, UCL


Brief Description: We have used realist evaluation approach for evaluation of the MOMI project which was an African multi-country health systems research on integrating postpartum care within health systems. We are also interested in the application of broader theory based evaluation approaches in our work which mainly involves MNCH, quality improvement, community health. 

Email: Bejoy Nambiar ( or Tim Colbourn (

Title: BESH (Bangor Evidence Synthesis Hub).


Brief Description: This group is multidisciplinary and is facilitated by a core group interested in developing research capacity within Bangor and is particularly focused on evidence synthesis methodology, including realist synthesis.

Email: Lynne Williams (


Title: ResINPUT



Brief Description: we are currently involved in a National Institute for Health Research funded study to determine what works to support nurse managers in the planning and deployment of nursing workforce using tools and technologies. Entitled ResINPUT this study is a realist evidence synthesis. More information on the study can be found here:

 Email: contact Siân Davies at

Title: Realist Researcher (Support) Group - Dublin, Ireland. 


Brief Description: The Realist Researcher (Support) Group is aimed at researchers currently working on realist projects to provide peer support to work through methodological challenges. Through face-to-face meetings we familiarize ourselves with each others research projects and provide advice and support on challenges faced during the realist research process. 

Where: The group is based at the Centre for Global Health in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. However it is open to all individuals in academic and in practice settings once the researcher is currently engaged in a realist project.  

Email: For more details please contact Jessica Power or Brynne Gilmore


Title: Realist Methodology Reading Group


Brief description: Reading Group for Realist Evaluation through the Community Health & Social Welfare Systems Strengthening (CHSS) Program. JSI Research & Training Institute Inc.
13 Pieter's Lane, Masaki, P O Box 9263-Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Mobile: +255765785383, +255685993590




Title: The Realist Hive


Brief description: regular journal club on published realist research; discussion group of realist research underway in the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter; blog on realist approaches and research, and 121 (face or phone) advice and guidance in applying realist methods to research problems. 

Email: contact Rebecca Hardwick


Title: Dutch Realism

Institute: Tilburg University, also members from the University of Groningen and the Radboud University Nijmegen

Brief description: Bi-monthly meetings where we discuss topics regarding realist methodology (both realist evaluation and realist synthesis). Participants can also ask for a review of their papers or give a presentation on a RM topic.

Email: Contact Jogé Boumans at

Title: CATCH: Community sport for AT-risk youth: Innovative strategies for promoting personal development, health and social CoHesion

Website: (Dutch only)

Brief Description: CATCH looks into how community sport reaches at-risk youth, and how it achieves certain outcomes towards social inclusion for this target group. More specifically, it looks at personal development, social cohesion and health. The CATCH-project is a collaboration between the Department of Sports Policy and Management (VUBrussels), the Department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy (Ghent University) and the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care (Ghent University).


Title: ESMI (Evidence Synthesis and Modelling for Health Improvement)


Brief description: our research group specialises in evidence synthesis (including systematic review) and mathematical modelling to evaluate and explain the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and implementation/adoption of health technologies, health service changes and public health policies and programmes. We have published a number of realist reviews on public health and health services research topics, and have ongoing research interests in applying realist research approaches with economic evaluation (Anderson, Hardwick), implementation science and complex intervention design and development (Pearson, Lang) and ethnography (Hardwick)

Email: Contact Rob Anderson at

Title: NottinghamRealism

Brief Description: Realist methods interest group within the Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Nottingham.  Regular meetings (approx. every 5 weeks) where members can discuss their realist projects, seek peer advice and support, and develop their understanding and experience with realist methods.  Instigated and organised by PhD students, the content of the meetings are set and led by those attending.  All are welcome to attend and contribute.

Twitter: @NottsRealism

Email: contact Rob Goodwin, Joanne Howe, or Vicky Booth

Title: Solent Realist Reading group

Brief description: We discuss various topics around realist evaluation and synthesis. Each session involves us drawing upon a reading in particularly and discussing it. Additionally we also talk about Qs synthesis with realist methodology which Solent is mobilising significantly.

Email: Contact Kevin Harris at


Title: Evaluating the use of inpatient experience data to improve the quality of inpatient mental health care (EURIPIDES)


Brief description: EURIPIDES uses Realist Evaluation to understand which of the many different approaches to collecting and using patient experience data are the most useful for supporting improvements in inpatient mental health care.

Email: contact Sarah-Jane Fenton at


Title: Realist methodology at the University of Alberta (RUA)

Brief Description: We are a learning community of students and faculty interested in/currently learning realist methodology or conducting realist esearch. The group will meet once a month to discuss selected topics on realist methodology, present independent challenges/experiences/lessons learned from members in the group, discuss existing and recent relevant publications and form a realist project as a learning group. 

Email: contact Rachel Flynn at:



Title: MEdication Management in Older people, REalist Approaches BAsed on Literature and Evaluation (MEMORABLE) project - NIHR funded. MEMORABLE study


Brief description: Medication related adverse events have been estimated to be responsible for 5,700 deaths and cost the United Kingdom £750 million annually. Outcomes from interventions to optimise medication management are caused by multiple context sensitive mechanisms. MEMORABLE project uses realist synthesis to understand how, why, for whom and in what contexts interventions, to improve medication management in older people on complex medication regimes residing in the community, work.

Email: Ian Maidment at

Title: Realist & theory-driven inquiry cluster of the SHAPES (social science approaches for research and engagement in health policy & systems), a thematic working group of Health Systems Global


Brief Description: SHAPES was founded in 2011 when four networks (social science approaches, policy analysis, participatory action research, and realist evaluation) united under one Thematic Group (TWG). The TWG is active as a Google group (i.e. email listserv) and LinkedIn group, where members circulate resources and engage in dialogue on social science issues in HPSR. In addition, SHAPES members collaborate across seven thematic areas.

Contact: Prashanth N. S

Title of group: @realisteval on twitter


Brief Description: Tweeting new publications, developments, workshops and events about realist and theory-driven inquiry especially in health

Contact Person: Prashanth N S, at


Title: Critical realist and realist evaluation group on Mendeley

Description: A collection of articles on Realist Evaluation and Realist perspectives in general. Although largely with a focus on articles from the public health sphere, many others are also from related disciplines in social sciences as well. There are also a few articles on critical realism: the philosophical basis of the realist evaluation method.Reading list/group on Mendeley

Contact person: Prashanth N S at

Title: Realist Methodology and mHealth

Website: N/A

Brief Description: An online working group of researchers applying realist methodology and the principles of realism in understanding, evaluating and furthering the use of mobile technologies in health care (mHealth) and more broadly in ICT for development (ICT4D). We are currently working on modalities to share our research findings and experiences towards creating a “goodie-bag" of mechanisms and applicable theories relevant in this domain.

Contact Information: Kindly contact Katheryn Courville ( or Ibukun Adepoju ( for more information.