Notts Realism Group_ A journey through data analysis – from extraction to theories of middle range - Dr Brynne Gilmore
From Louise Howe
Dr Brynne Gilmore – Thursday 9th December 1.30pm
This session, based on a previously conducted realist evaluation, will be a practical ‘walk through’ of data extraction and analysis. Brynne will highlight her research group’s process for extracting CMOcs, refining programme theories, searching for demi-regularities, and constructing theories of middle range. Areas of weakness in the process leading to recommendations for improvement will be discussed.
Brynne is an applied global health researcher using theory driven methodologies to understand and improve community engagement and health interventions, mainly for maternal and child health. Her work involves partnership with NGOs and bi-lateral organisations. She has conducted numerous realist reviews, a rapid realist review, and realist evaluations. She currently supervises doctoral students conducting realist studies, and is interested in supporting the development of realist researchers across the globe. https://people.ucd.ie/brynne.gilmore
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