Incorporating Contexts and Mechanisms in Addressing Inequities: How to Conduct a Realist Evaluation

Incorporating Contexts and Mechanisms in Addressing Inequities: How to Conduct a Realist Evaluation


Day: Thursday, November 18th, 2021
Time:  11:30 a.m. (ET)

The Health Promotion and Social Determinants Unit from the Pan American Health Organization is delighted to invite you to its second webinar in the three-part webinar series on "Making Evaluations Matter to Address Inequities". This second webinar is titled 'Incorporating Contexts and Mechanisms in Addressing Inequities: How to Conduct a Realist Evaluation."

Applying a realist evaluation approach has the potential to better understand the contexts and mechanisms that are critical to enhancing equities. Using real world examples, this webinar will describe how to conduct a realist evaluation while evaluating interventions that have the aspiration of reducing health inequities.

This webinar that includes some of the global leaders in evaluation will focus on practical 'how to' conduct a realist evaluation. It will be facilitated by Sanjeev Sridharan, founding director of the Evaluation Centre for Complex Health Interventions at the University of Toronto and Country Lead, Learning Systems and Systems Evaluation at the India Country Office of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sanjeev has led evaluation capacity building projects in China, Chile, Scotland, India and Sri Lanka.

Ideas that will be stressed in this webinar include:

  • Theory-driven approaches in evaluation
  • Conceptualizing and measuring contexts, mechanisms and outcomes for health equity interventions
  • Testing theories of changes
  • Understanding heterogenous mechanisms in addressing inequities: what works for whom, under what conditions?
  • The role of power in generating and addressing inequities
  • Systems, contexts and inequities

The panelists for this webinar include:

Ray Pawson: one of the primary developers of Realist Evaluation and is also an Emeritus Professor of Social Research Methodology at the University of Leeds.

Bruno Marchal: associate professor and head of the Complexity and Health unit at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp.

Ana Manzano: an Associate Professor in Public Policy at the University of Leeds and part of the pioneering research group (RAMESES II) that is developing methodological standards in realist evaluation methods.

The third and last webinar, with the title “Utilization of evaluation information”, will take place on the 9th of December, 11:30 am to 1 pm ET time.

The series of webinars will have simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, English and Portuguese.




Watch here the recording of the first webinar:  An Understanding of What is Evaluation and Why it Matters for Planning and Implementing Equity-Focused Interventions