Philosophical Foundations of Realist Evaluation: From Retroduction to Falsifiability

Part 1: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
9:45am - 4:30pm (lunch provided)
Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool
1 Brownlow St. Liverpool, UK

Part 2: Follow-up on-line webinar
Wednesday, November 21st, 2018
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.



Early Bird Rate (until September 15th, 2018)
Professional: £225 / Student £175*

Regular Rate (from September 16th, 2018)
Professional: £275/ Student £225*

(*Students must have full time student status)


Refund policy:

100% Until August 15th, 2018

50% After August 15th to September 15th, 2018

0% After September 15th, 2018









1-day Phil. of RE w/s Liverpool 17.10.18
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Realist Methodology Training Week Liverpool Oct 15th-19th, 2018
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