Table 1

The realist evaluation process and data sources

PhaseSources of data and activity
Phase 1
Identifying a programme theory
Document analysis of programme specific material
Focus groups with key stakeholders and architects involved in the programme design and implementation
Phase 2
Testing a programme theory
Focus groups with three consecutive student cohorts enrolled on the Gateway programme
Phase 3
Refining the programme theory
Analysis of material and refinement of CMOs
  • CMOs, contexts, mechanisms and outcomes.