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Realist Research and Evaluation Intensive Workshop (Melbourne)

Presenter Professor Gill Westhorp; Dr Kerryn O’Rourke; Liz Meggetto; Cara Donohue
Contact person
Professor Gill Westhorp
T: 0889467468 E:
Location Latrobe University, Melbourne City Campus
Open to CDU staff and students, Public, Researcher
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About the program

This program will introduce participants to the philosophical assumptions of a realist philosophy of science and their implications for understanding how policies and programs work. Participants will develop skills in designing and implementing realist evaluation, realist literature review and other realist research, from developing initial questions to final reporting. Accreditation is at Masters-level for university-enrolled students and is available for others who complete assignments. Assessments include a short readings-based quiz before the workshop, in-class tasks, and written assignments completed afterwards.

For those outside a Charles Darwin University (CDU) Master's program, credit is provided as badges (equivalent to micro-credentials), one relating to realist philosophy and the other to realist evaluation or realist review. There is a charge for grading the assignments required for accreditation and an extra charge for students wishing to achieve credit for three badges (realist philosophy, realist evaluation and realist review). Details of the unit, the topics covered, and the tasks required for accreditation are in a Study Guide that will be sent out to enrolled students.

Who should attend?

This program is appropriate for researchers and evaluators in organisations and government departments; for commissioners of research and evaluation; for Master of Public Policy and other postgraduate students from CDU and other universities; and staff who want to develop new research and evaluation skills. This workshop is in-person only.


MPP503 Master of Public Policy or
Badges: Introduction to Realist Philosophy, Introduction to Realist Evaluation, Introduction to Realist Review.

Registration fee (GST Inclusive)

Standard Registration $1500
Australian Evaluation Society members $1275
HDR students (other than CDU Masters students) $900
Personnel from organisations undertaking work with RREALI may seek discounts for registration.

Accreditation costs

Accreditation requires the submission of assignments for assessment. Standard accreditation costs $1250 and provides successful applicants with a badge for Introduction to Realist Philosophy of Science and for either Introduction to Realist Evaluation or Introduction to Realist Review. Students wishing to achieve credit for a third badge may submit an additional assignment for assessment; the cost for this is $625. For students undertaking the course as part of a CDU Master-level programme, course participation and assessment costs are covered as part of their standard enrolment.


Closes COB 31 October.


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