13 November 2023
On Tuesday, 12 September 2023, the INHSU Early-Mid-Career Researchers Special Interest Group (INHSU EMCR) hosted its second INHSU Conversations webinar, ‘Is this the real(ist) method you should be using in your research?’.
Dr. Binta Sultan, University College London, and Dr. Wendy Masterton, Stirling University, presented on realist methods for infectious disease and substance use research. Realist methodology is based on the assumption that the same intervention will not work everywhere and for everyone. The focus is on “what works, for whom, under what circumstances and how”.
Dr. Sultan and Dr. Masterton discussed two types of realist methods: realist synthesis and realist evaluation. These methods go beyond just describing what’s happening; they also help us understand why things happen the way they do.