Dr Rebecca Hardwick

BSc (Hons); MSc; Ph.D.

Research Associate

Rebecca is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Realist Research and Evaluation Learning Initiative, Northern Institute. She has a background in public health and health service research, and she completed her PhD on Knowledge Mobilisation in not-for-profit healthcare organisations.

Her research interests include realist methodology, public health, international development and evaluation research.

She has been lead author on four papers, and has published in Implementation Science, International Journal for Integrated Care, Voluntary Sector Review, Quality in Primary Care, Systematic Reviews and Evaluation, and also co-author of a chapter in Doing Realist Research, by SAGE publications. 

Research Interests

  • Realist research and evaluation methodologies
  • Knowledge mobilisation
  • Not-for-profit healthcare providers
  • Suicide prevention
  • International Development
  • Public Health
  • Organisational Leadership
  • Implementation Science

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Research Projects

Current Projects

Evaluation of the impact of gender integration in research for development organisations.

Developing mechanisms of knowledge mobilisation – research project (in design stage).

Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Anderson, R. Hardwick, R. Pearson, M. Byng, R. Using realist approaches to explain the costs and cost-effectiveness of programmes. In Doing Realist Research. Eds Emmel, N. Dalkin, S. Greenhalgh, J. London: Sage (2018)

Journal Articles

Anderson, R. Hardwick, R. (2016) Realism and Resources: Towards more explanatory economic evaluation.  Evaluation 22 (3) pp323-341

Lang, I. Hardwick, R. (2016) Knowledge, knowledge mobilisation and the third sector. Voluntary Sector Review 7 (2) pp209-218

Hardwick, R. Anderson, R. Cooper, C. (2015).  How do third sector organisations use research and other knowledge?  A systematic scoping review.  Implementation Science 10 (1), 84

Hardwick, R. Heaton, J. Griffiths, G.  Vaidya, B.  Child, S.  Fleming, S. Hamilton W.T. Tomlinson, J. Zhelev, Z. Patterson, A. Hyde, C.  (2014) Exploring reasons for variation in ordering thyroid function tests in primary care:  a qualitative study.  Quality in Primary Care 22 (6): 256-61

Hardwick, R. (2013). Integrated services for women through a One Stop Shop: a realist review. Journal of Integrated Care, 21(5), 263-275. 

Hardwick, R., Pearson, M., Byng, R., Anderson, R. The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of shared care for long term conditions: A realist review [protocol]. Systematic Reviews. 2013; 2(12).

Conference Papers / Presentations

Hardwick, R., & Burrows, L. (2017) Realism and Ethnography. Workshop. International Conference for Realist Research, Evaluation and Synthesis: From Promise to Practice. Brisbane, Australia October 2017

Hardwick, R., Pearson, M., Lang, I., & Stein, K. (2017) Making the tacit explicit: an ethnographic study of knowledge mobilisation in third sector health care organisations Poster presentation, Health Services Research UK Annual Conference, Nottingham, UK July 2017

Hardwick, R., Pearson, M., Lang, I., & Stein, K. (2017) An ethnographic study of knowledge mobilisation in third sector healthcare organisations Oral presentation, University of Exeter Medical School, Annual Research Event, Torquay, UK May 2017

Hardwick, R. (2016) Ethnography and Realism: a match made in heaven. Oral presentation., 2nd International Conference on Realist Evaluation and Synthesis, London October 2016

Lang, I., Pearson, M., Hardwick, R., Day, J., & Boaz, A. (2016) Crouching Resources, Hidden Reasoning: Using realist approaches to address the challenges of knowledge mobilisation research. Panel session. 2nd International Conference on Realist Evaluation and Synthesis, London October 2016

Gradinger, F., Hardwick, R., Anderson, R., Pearson, M., Asthana, S., & Byng, R. (2016) The transformation into an integrated care organisation (ICO): applying a realist review and evaluation framework in a researcher-in-residence model. Oral presentation. 2nd International Conference on Realist Evaluation and Synthesis, London October 2016

Hardwick, R., Lang, I., Pearson, M., & Stein, K. (2016) How do third sector organisations use research and other knowledge in their work?  Oral presentation. University of Exeter Medical School, Annual Research Event, Torquay UK May 2016

Greenhalgh, J., Wong, G., Pearson, M., & Hardwick, R. (2015) Protocols and Standards in realist research. Panel session. The State of the Art of Realist Methodologies, Leeds UK November 2015

Hardwick, R. (2015) Giant hunting: an exploration of knowledge mobilisation from a realist perspective.  Poster presentation. The State of the Art of Realist Methodologies, Leeds UK November 2015

Hardwick, R., Pearson, M., Stein, K., & Anderson, R. (2015) Surveying Research and Knowledge Use. Adapting the Canadian ‘Is Research Working For You?’ Tool for UK Third Sector Organisations.  Poster presentation. UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh Scotland April 2015

Hardwick, R., Anderson, R., Pearson, M., Byng, R., & Hardwick, R. (2014) Vanquishing VICTORE?  Insights from a novel approach to mapping the complexity of shared care. Oral presentation. CARES 1st International Conference for the Advancement of Realist Evaluation and Synthesis, Liverpool UK October 2014

Hardwick, R. (2014) What makes a 'good' supervisor or mentor for your realist review? And what to do if you don't think you've got one..! A PhD and Masters Student special workshop on influencing skills and upward management. Skill building session. CARES 1st International Conference for the Advancement of Realist Evaluation and Synthesis, Liverpool UK October 2014

Anderson, R., Charles, J., Hardwick, R., Marchal, B. (2014) Realism and resources: reflections on using realist methodology to explore and explain costs and cost-effectiveness. Panel session. CARES 1st International Conference for the Advancement of Realist Evaluation and Synthesis, Liverpool UK October 2014

Hardwick, R., Pearson, M., Byng, R., & Anderson, R. (2014) The effectiveness and cost effectiveness of shared care for long term conditions: A realist review.  Oral presentation. Health Services Research Network Symposium, Nottingham UK June 2014

Anderson, R., Hardwick, R., Pearson, M., & Byng, R. (2014) The cost effectiveness of shared care for long term conditions: A realist review. Oral presentation. Health Services Research Network Symposium, Nottingham UK June 2014

Hunt H., & Hardwick R. (2013) An analysis of theory building in realist synthesis: perspectives from the literature. Oral presentation. Cochrane Collaboration Colloquium, Quebec, Canada September 2013

Research Reports

Owens, C. Hardwick, R. Charles, N. Watkinson, G. (2015) Preventing suicide in public places: A Practice Resource. London: Public Health England

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