WEBINAR: Approaches to evidence for social accountability. Realist Evaluation: What is it and what does it offer?

April 16, 2019

The recording and resource materials are available here!


This is part 2 of a 3-webinar series on findings and lessons from the recent evaluation of the “Citizen Voice and Action for Government Accountability and Improved Services: Maternal, Newborn, Infant and Child Health Services” project in Indonesia.

As discussed in the first webinar in this series, the realist evaluation of this social accountability project found that it improved health outcomes by strengthening public health systems and impacting local power dynamics. It also concluded that it helped to empower women.

But what is Realist Evaluation (RE)? What does it offer to the evaluation of social accountability initiatives?

In this webinar, we will take a deeper dive into the RE methodology with a global expert, Gill Westhorp. Gill will explain what is distinct in RE from other evaluation methodologies, and how those principles were put into action in the project. Andreas Sihotang, former project manager, and Elvi Adelina Tambunan, Wahana Visi evaluation specialist and translator for the project, will talk about the practicalities of collaborative, capacity building, realist evaluation.


The webinar will cover:

  1. Principles of Realist Evaluation;

  2. Specific methods used in the evaluation, including adaptation of Most Significant Change stories for use in realist evaluation;

  3. Practical evaluation realities – what made it work?



Prof. Gill Westhorp, Director of Community

Andreas Sihotang, Project manager of Wahana Visi's project

Elvi Adelina Tambunan, Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation specialist at Wahana Visi Indonesia