Introduction to Realist Methodology: Evaluation and Synthesis
Thursday, May 9th & Friday, May 10th, 2019
Realist Methodology Consultation Day
Saturday, May 11th, 2019
Faculté des sciences infirmières
Université de Montréal
2375 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine,
This workshop will be delivered in English, with informal discussion and questions in both French and English.
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Description: Realist methodology assists us in developing our skill for recognizing the observable and hidden forces that produce outcomes in complex interventions. This workshop is over 2 days with an optional 3rd day for consultations. Participants will explore the advantages and challenges of using this methodology for evaluating complex interventions - to move past the question of ‘was it successful?’ to better understand how, for whom, and under what circumstances interventions produce their particular outcomes. This workshop is suitable for those new to the methodology or who are contemplating how it could be used, as well as those who are currently working on realist projects.
DAY 1 – Thursday, May 9th 2019
[9:45am - 1:00pm] Part A: Philosophy, Principles and Practice of Realist Methodology
[1:00pm - 1:45pm] - Lunch (provided)
[1:45pm – 4:30pm] Part B: Realist Programme Theories, Middle-Range Theories and the Context-Mechanism-Outcome Configuration
Day 1 will provide an orientation to realist methodology by identifying key papers in the literature, explaining fundamental methodology concepts, and touching upon the corresponding philosophy of Realism. Participants will gain an understanding of the underlying logic of realist methodology, a view of the mindset needed to use the approach, and a vision of the overall process of doing a realist evaluation or review. Two basic exercises will be provided for hands-on practice.
DAY 2 – Friday, May 10th, 2019
[9:45am – 1:00pm] Part C: Demi-regularities; Steps in Realist Synthesis
[1:00pm – 1:45pm] – Lunch (provided)
[1:45pm – 4:30pm] - Part D: Steps in Realist Evaluation and the Realist Qualitative Interview
Day 2 will introduce more advanced concepts with a focus on understanding mechanisms, context-mechanism-outcome configurations and realist theorizing. The morning session will focus on steps for realist synthesis, while the afternoon will focus on steps for realist evaluation. Those who are currently using realist methodology will be encouraged to share their challenges and insights and seek the advice of others. Those who are at the contemplation stage will be encouraged to develop their preliminary ideas. Those who would like to simply sit and listen in on the discussions are also welcome to do so.
DAY 3 - Saturday, May 11th, 2019
This is an additional day for people who have attended the introductory workshop. The day will be spent with people working on their projects individually or in groups, with guided assistance from Justin Jagosh. Please note this day does not include catering.
For questions regarding workshop content and registration please contact Justin Jagosh at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all other questions please contact the local host for this workshop: Joachim Rapin at email@example.com
Note to students of the University of Montreal:
A FICSUM grant of $50 is available to the first twelve students of the University of Montreal who register for the two-day workshop.
A FSI grant of $50 is available for the first ten students of the faculté des sciences infirmières of the University of Montreal who register for the two-day workshop.
(these two grants can be combined for FSI students).
For reimbursement contact : firstname.lastname@example.org