Ray Pawson’s and Nick Tilley’s  seminal 1997 text, ‘Realistic Evaluation’, began a shift in the terrain in research and evaluation, for those who do research and evaluation and those who commission and use it.

Since then the research community has organised a number of international conferences to share new knowledge and develop a wider understanding of methods associated with this approach and demonstrate its benefits to policy makers and commissioners of research.

The International Conference for Realist Research, Evaluation and Synthesis will build on the achievements of these events. It will give an opportunity for both experienced and early career researchers to present their work and develop collaborative projects. Please join us in online in February 2021 for this exciting milestone in the development of the realist project.

On behalf of the Health Research Board, who are hosting this conference, we invite you to join us in this important venture and look forward to welcoming you in 2021.

Conference co-chairs