Realist Research and Evaluation Intensive Workshop

Realist Research and Evaluation Workshop



This intensive workshop 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 research and evaluation, from developing initial questions through to final reporting. The workshop also covers realist review, the realist approach to systematic literature reviews and rapid realist review.

Accreditation at Masters level is available. An additional fee for marking of papers may apply for students outside the Master of Public Policy program. 

Who should attend?

This workshop is available to researchers and evaluators in other organisations and Departments; to commissioners of research and evaluation; Master of Public Policy students; post-graduate students from any university; and staff who want to develop new research and evaluation skills. 

Workshop facilitators

Gill Westhorp

Professor Gill Westhorp, Professorial Research Fellow, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University.

Gill leads realist research and evaluation projects, provides professional development in evaluation and realist methods around the world, participates in research projects as a realist methodologist and mentors other researchers and evaluators in developing and undertaking realist designs. She was a member of the core teams who developed the quality and publication standards for realist synthesis (a method for synthesising existing research and evidence from a realist perspective) and for realist evaluation. Link to online BIO

Rebecca HardwickDr Rebecca Hardwick, Research Associate, Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University.

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. Link to online BIO

DATE: Monday, 30 September 2019 - Friday, 04 October 2019

TIME: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

VENUE: La Trobe University, Level 20, 360 Collins Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000 (Map)

Cost (GST inclusive):

Standard Registration

AES Members

HDR Students & Partners




Registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


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For more information about the workshop, please contact:

Dr Rebecca Hardwick
Post-Doctoral Research Associate
RREALI – Realist Research Evaluation and Learning Initiative
Northern Institute – CDU