Published: 21 August 2014

Realist Approaches to Evaluation and Synthesis Conference


The newly established Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES) at the University of Liverpool is holding an international conference on realist approaches to evaluation and synthesis.

The inaugural event will seek to explore the aims and underlying principles of the approach at a time when interest in realist methodology and application across a range of research areas is growing in popularity.

The conference will provide:

  • A forum for networking with an international cohort interested in advancing realist methodology.
  • A forum for researchers and practitioners to present their realist research and discuss successes and challenges.
  • Training on realist methodology, evaluation and synthesis.

Speakers at the event include:

  • Professor Trish Greenhalgh – Professor of Primary Health Care and Dean for Research Impact at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Professor Mike Kelly – Director of the Centre of Public Health at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
  • Professor Kieran Walshe – Professor of Health Policy and Management at Manchester Business School and Associate Director of the National Institute of Health Research, Health Services and Delivery Research Programme.
  • Professor Nick Tilley – Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London.

Whilst the focus will be primarily on health sciences, researchers from any field may find it relevant. Attendees will be able to take part in skill building workshops, roundtable discussions and thematic poster sessions to expand their understanding of how realist methodologies can address complex research questions.

The Conference will take place 27-30 October at the Foresight Centre with the Conference Dinner at the Maritime Museum on 28 October.

For further information or to book onto the conference please visit or email

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