Philosophical Concepts in Realist Evaluation

Part 1: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
9:45am - 4:30pm
University of Liverpool in London
33 Finsbury Square, London, UK

Part 2: Follow-up on-line webinar
Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
5:00pm - 7:00pm 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)
5. Demi-Regularity (Lawson)
6. 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.



Feb 13th, 2019 + Follow-up Webinar March 13th, 2019
Professional: £275/ Student £225*

Full Week Feb 11th-15th, 2019
Professional: £975/ Student £810*

Full Week Feb 11th - 15th + Consultation Day Feb 16th, 2019
Professional: £1125/ Student £960*

(*Students must have full time student status)


Refund policy:

100% Until December 15th, 2018

50% After December 15th, 2018 to January 15th, 2019

0% After January 15th, 2019







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