#REALIST EVALUATION

Expect the unexpected: unanticipated consequences and development programming

You’ll be familiar with the basic logic of development programmes: there’s a serious problem to address; we have designed a solution, we can implement it, and the situation will improve in the following ways…

Naturally, we tend to be more certain about what we will do, but a good programme will think hard about the immediate benefits and how it can best …

What I learned at the CARES realist evaluation conference

A couple of weeks ago I attended the CARES realist evaluation conference at the Barbican Centre in London. It was a brilliant few days of reflection and debate about all things realist, and a great chance to discuss Itad’s first realist evaluation (of the Building Capacity to Use Evidence programme, or BCURE) with the wider community.  Here’s some of what I …

Itad’s Realist Evaluation week – Three Lessons from the BRACED session

One of the evaluation questions Itad is seeking to answer for DFID’s BRACED programme is: how and why have different ‘packages’ of activities strengthened resilience in particular contexts?

The evaluation team are applying a Realist Evaluation (RE) approach to answer this question, but are challenged by the fact that they are not responsible for the data …

Itad spends week with Realist Evaluation expert Gill Westhorp

This April, Itad spent an informative and enlightening week with Realist Evaluation (RE) expert, Dr Gill Westhorp. Gill is the Director of Community Matters, a consultancy based in south Australia, and having her here, with her extensive RE experience, provided us with an opportunity to learn and improve our practices and programmes.

Included in the week …

Five things I learned from the Leeds Realist Evaluation Conference (including why The Wire really is the best television show ever)

On November 4th and 5th I attended the conference ‘State of the Art Realist Methodologies’ in Leeds, hosted by the University of Leeds. Here are some of the highlights for me.

*Disclaimer: This post dives straight into Realist Evaluation concepts – my apologies to the uninitiated.

1. I learned that we are not alone in our struggle to explain Realist …

60 Seconds with…Melanie Punton

Our ‘60 Seconds with…’ blogs are designed to provide a quick run down of what our staff do here at Itad. Here is what Mel had to say:

What’s your job here at Itad?

I’m a cross-cutting consultant, which means I work on a range of projects cutting across several different themes. The common thread is theory based evaluations – I’m working on a …