The realist research, evaluation and learning initiative contributes to the effectiveness of policies and programs by developing, teaching, using and promoting realist research and evaluation (RR&E) methodology and methods.
Our work contributes to social, environmental and economic well-being by improving the quality and use of research and evidence in policies and programs. We undertake evaluations, research and literature reviews, working from a realist philosophy of science. It's a perspective that asks, ‘What works for whom, in what respects, to what extent, in what contexts, and how?’. The aim is to explain how and why outcomes are/are not achieved and why they vary across contexts. Our work focuses on human and community services and international development.
- Policy and project evaluation.
- Research and evaluation ethics.
- Observational research.
- Research impact.
- Evaluation utilisation.
- Projective techniques.
- Small group experiment design.
- Design, monitoring and evaluation in international development.
- Participatory approaches to international development.