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ESMI researchers have contributed to a newly published definitive guide to using realist research methods

Launch of Realist Methods Textbook

Congratulations to Rob Anderson and Simon Briscoe for their contributions in the newly published definitive guide to using realist research methods.

The new book, Doing Realist Research, includes a chapter on using realist approaches for assessing cost and cost-effectiveness that was written by Rob Anderson, Rebecca Hardwick, Richard Byng and Mark Pearson, and a chapter on scoping and searching to support realist research by  Andrew Booth, Judy Wright and Simon Briscoe .

Rob said: “Since around 2011, researchers in ESMI have applied and extended realist approaches of evidence synthesis to answer policy-relevant questions about health services and public health programmes.  Policy-makers and practitioners understand that in complex areas most interventions are configured and implemented differently, and therefore work differently in different contexts. Or intervention providers and recipients respond to the new resources offered by an intervention in different ways.  Compared with conventional review or research methods, realist approaches can therefore reveal in which contexts particular causal mechanisms are fostered, and therefore which intended outcomes can be more confidently expected”. 

To find out more about realist methods, follow the Realist Hive – an Exeter university hosted blog about using realist methods – or browse the resources of the NIHR HS&DR-funded RAMESES projects which describes best practice approaches to realist evaluation and review.