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Research interests

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 Adjunct Professor at RMIT University. 

Gill is co-author of the international publication standards and quality standards for realist evaluation and realist literature review, and co-author of an invited entry in the Sage Foundations of Research Methods online encyclopedia. She has led, undertaken or advised over 70 research and evaluation projects in diverse sectors, and provided in excess of 70 training workshops in 14 countries. She 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. In 2018, she was made a Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society.

Education/Academic qualification

Unknown, PhD, Nottingham Trent University

1 Feb 20021 May 2020

Award Date: 1 May 2008

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Research Output

A Potent Fuel? Faith Identity and Development Impact in World Vision Community Programming

Jennings, M., Clarke, M., Feeny, S., Westhorp, G. & Donohue, C., 24 Aug 2020, In : Journal of International Development. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Development of a program theory for shared decision-making: A realist synthesis

    Waldron, T., Carr, T., McMullen, L., Westhorp, G., Duncan, V., Neufeld, S. M., Bandura, L. A. & Groot, G., 23 Jan 2020, In : BMC Health Services Research. 20, 1, p. 1-17 17 p., 59.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    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 report

    Open Access
  • 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 journalEditorial

    Open Access
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    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 proceedingChapter

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