Realist Evaluation and an Architectural Understanding of Social Policy: Illuminating Blind Spots

With Justin Jagosh, Ph.D, Director,

Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES)


This seminar will discuss how an architectural understanding of social policy can be used to produce realistic data and uncover areas that remain persistently undertheorized.

Realist Evaluation is a methodology that addresses the questions: ‘what works, for whom, under what circumstances, and how’. Building on the work of Pawson and Tilley (1997), this seminar will discuss the metaphor of “programme architecture” that can support a realistic evaluation of complex outcomes. Clarifying the architecture of a programme or policy is a building block toward understanding how initiatives are meant to work based on the resources implemented in contexts and how people respond to those resources.

The seminar will take place on Thu 7 February 2019, 13:00 – 16:00. 

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