The 2nd International Conference on Realist Evaluation and Synthesis: Advancing Principles, Strengthening Practice

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The Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis at the University of Liverpool is pleased to announce the 2nd International Conference on Realist Evaluation and Synthesis, to be held 2nd October – 6th October 2016 at the University of Liverpool (London Campus) and the Barbican Conference Centre, London, UK.

CARES 2016 will support advancement, capacity building and training in the burgeoning areas of realist inquiry (realist evaluation, realist review and realist research). The conference theme: “Advancing Principles, Strengthening Practice” reflects the growing interest in applying realist approaches across many sectors including health, public policy, education, social welfare, criminal justice, and international development. This event will bring together key thinkers in the field and provide an accessible forum to learn about, debate and advance realist methodology. Through this call for abstracts, we invite you to share your successes, challenges and insights. This will be an inclusive event, to broaden our understanding of what it means to do realist inquiry, and to support learning from multiple forms of knowledge and ways of knowing.

Goals of the Conference

This year's conference goals are:

  1. To provide a forum for networking and knowledge sharing about realist methodology and methods;
  2. To provide a space for researchers, decision-makers, and practitioners to present their realist projects and discuss successes and challenges;
  3. To provide training in realist methodology (evaluation, review/synthesis and research) and explore concepts in realist philosophy.

We hope that conference participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Deepen their understanding of how realist methodologies can address complex research and evaluation questions;
  • Test and challenge ideas about the methods for, and limits of, realist inquiry;
  • Reflect on why and how researchers and evaluators engage in this form of inquiry;
  • Establish or enhance their peer group for continued learning;
  • Leave the conference energized and motivated!