Gaining Clarity from the Philosophical Foundations of Realist Evaluation: One-day workshop + webinar

Part 1: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

[9:30am - 4:30pm] lunch provided

University of Liverpool, London Campus

33 Finsbury Square, London, UK


Part 2: March 22nd, 2018 (follow-up on-line webinar)

[4:00pm - 6:00pm 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)

4. Demi-Regularity (Lawson)

4. Emergence and Morphogenesis (Archer)

5. Context-Mechanism-Outcome configuration (Pawson and Tilley)



Early Bird (until December 31st, 2017):

Professional £225 / Student £175*

Regular Rate (from January 1st, 2018)

Professional £275 / Student £225*

(*Students must have full time student status)


Refund policy:

100% Until December 1st 2017

50% After December 1st to December 31st, 2017

0% After December 31st, 2017






This workshop is full. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list please complete the form below:

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