Gill Westhorp

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Dr Gill Westhorp specialises in realist research and evaluation methodologies. She is a Professorial Research Fellow and leads the Realist Research Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI).  She is also an Associate at RMIT University. 

Gill is co-author of the international publication standards and quality standards for realist evaluation and realist literature review. She has provided in excess of 70 training workshops in 14 countries, develops new methods for realist research and evaluation, and publishes in realist methodologies.  She is currently working on two aspects of realist philosophy – epistemology (knowledge) and axiology (value) - and their implications for evaluation.

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Research Output 2014 2017

Quality and reporting standards, resources, training materials and information for realist evaluation: the RAMESES II project

Wong, G., Westhorp, G., Greenhalgh, J., Manzano, A., Jagosh, J. & Greenhalgh, T., 1 Oct 2017, Perth, Scotland: NIHR Journals Library. 107 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Capacity Building
Health Services Research
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Can "realist" randomised controlled trials be genuinely realist?

Van Belle, S., Wong, G., Westhorp, G. S., Pearson, M., Emmel, N., Manzano, A. & Marchal, B., 2016, In : Trials. 17, p. 1-6 6 p., 313.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Randomized Controlled Trials

Dealing with Complexity in a Realist Synthesis: Community Accountability and Empowerment Initiatives

Westhorp, G., Walker, B. & Rogers, P., 2016, Dealing with complexity in development evaluation: a practical approach. Bamberger, M., Vaessen, J. & Raimondo, E. (eds.). USA: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 385-405 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

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RAMESES II reporting standards for realist evaluations

Wong, G., Westhorp, G., Manzano, A., Greenhalgh, J., Jagosh, J. & Greenhalgh, T., 24 Jun 2016, In : BMC Medicine. 14, 1, p. 1-18 18 p., 96.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Health Services
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Using realist action research for service redesign

Westhorp, G., Stevens, K. & Rogers, P., 1 Jul 2016, In : Evaluation. 22, 3, p. 361-379 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

action research
situation analysis
social problem
philosophy of science