Philosophical Foundations of Realist Evaluation
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
9:45am - 4:30pm
University of Liverpool
1 Brownlow St, Liverpool (UK)
This workshop on the philosophical foundations of realist evaluation is designed for professional researchers, commissioners, evaluation specialists, Ph.D students and others to improve analytical capacity, and conceptual thinking when using a realist approach. Being able to understand and articulate key principles in realist philosophy is an important milestone in complexity theorizing. Participants will learn how to address and articulate ideas using the following concepts for improved analytical performance in conducting realist evaluations.
1. Critical Realism & Realist Evaluation (Popper, Campbell, Bhaskar, Pawson)
2. Middle-Range Theory (Merton)
3. Retroduction, Generative Causation, and Ontological Depth (Sayer)
4. Abduction (Pierce)
5. Demi-Regularity (Lawson)
6. Emergence and Morphogenesis (Archer)
7. 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.