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

Dr Gary Groot

Dr. Gary Groot, Surgical oncologist in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan/ Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Gary Groot is a surgical oncologist and an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. His research interests are very diverse. His passions are health system improvement, cancer research and Indigenous health research. In recent years, Dr. Gary has become interested and actively involved in Realist Research Methodology. I would like to better understand how Indigenous patient worldviews influence the dynamics between Indigenous patients and healthcare providers. Link to his website

Rebecca HardwickRebecca 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 has submitted her PhD at the University of Exeter 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, 4 March 2018 - Friday, 08 March 2019

TIME: 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

VENUE: CDU Sydney Campus

Level 10, 815 George Street

Haymarket, NSW, 2000 (GoogleMap)

Cost (GST inclusive):

AES Members


HDR Students




Registration includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.


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For more information about the workshop, please contact:
Professor Gill Westhorp
Professorial Research Fellow
P: +61 8 8389 4590

Greg Williams 
Course Coordinator
P: +61 8 8946 7469