308.841.98 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 3 Credit(s)
ThFS 8:30:00 AM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Discuss the development of realist methods as an approach to understanding complex social interventions
    • Explain what realist synthesis and evaluation are, including strengths and weaknesses
    • Explore when and why realist synthesis and evaluation are useful
    • Describe the relationship between program theory and evaluation study design
    • Explore the core steps needed to conduct a realist synthesis and a realist evaluation
    • Examine the application of realist methods across the research and impact cycle
  • Course Description

    Introduces students to the main empirical application of the realist approach, namely 'realist synthesis' and 'realist evaluation'. Focuses on the logic and key ingredients of each approach with examples of how they have been applied internationally in complex policy interventions. Students also explore specific issues relating to the past or future application of realist synthesis and evaluation in their own research and share insights from their own experience.

  • Intended Audience

    part-time masters students and fall institute participants.

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: class participation (10%), group project (10%), and a final paper (80%) examining the application of realist methods to a specific policy issue

    Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services:, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.