IAS Benjamin Meaker visiting Professor Alisa Velonis.
The power and pitfalls of realist review methodology: lessons from a review of perpetrator programme evaluations.
Realist scientific methodologies are grounded in what has been termed a generative model of causation. Rather than focusing our inquiry on whether or not a programme or policy ‘works,’ realist evaluation and reviews seek to understand what causes a programme to work, keeping in mind the complex environment in which they operate. In this seminar, we will delve into what makes a realist review different from traditional systematic reviews, why we chose this approach, and the iterative process our team used to complete our examination of perpetrator treatment programmes.