Keynote speakers

Prof Nick Tilley

Nick Tilley is a professor within UCL’s Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Griffith Criminology Institute, Brisbane and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University. His long-term research interests concern policing, crime prevention, programme evaluation methodology, and the use of science to inform improvements in policy and practice. Recent projects relate to the international crime drop, ‘what works’ in crime reduction, and the prevention of youth related sexual abuse and violence. He was awarded an OBE for services to policing and crime reduction in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005 and elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2009.


Emeritus Prof Joseph Maxwell

Joseph Maxwell is an Emeritus Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. His doctoral degree is in anthropology, but for the past 35 years his research and teaching has been mainly in education, with an increasing focus on methodology. He is the author of Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach (3nd edition, 2013) and A Realist Approach for Qualitative Research (2012), as well as articles on qualitative and mixed methods research, Native American societies, and medical education. His current research deals with using qualitative methods for causal explanation, validity in qualitative and quantitative research, the history and breadth of mixed methods research, the value of philosophic realism for research, and the importance of diversity and dialogue across research paradigms and methods.


Penny Hawkins

Penny Hawkins is an evaluation specialist with extensive experience in international development evaluation and public policy across a wide range of sectors and organizations. Penny is the former Head of Evaluation, UK Department for International Development (DFID). Over the past two decades she has held evaluation leadership and management roles in the government and philanthropic sectors, including at The Rockefeller Foundation and as Head of Evaluation for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZAID) and Social Development, New Zealand. Penny has also held international evaluation leadership roles including as Chair of the OECD-DAC Network on Development Evaluation (2013-16) and as a former President and current Fellow of the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES). Her recent publications include the book Evaluation Cultures: Sense Making in Complex Times, Transaction (2012), and a chapter in Enhancing Evaluation Use: Insights from Internal Evaluation Units, Sage (2014). Penny now works as an independent evaluation consultant, based in Scotland and New Zealand, working with philanthropic, multi-lateral and private sector organizations to develop their Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems.


Emeritus Prof Raymond Pawson

Ray Pawson is Emeritus Professor of Social Research Methodology at the University of Leeds, UK. Persistently, doggedly, truculently he has pursued a career promoting the cause of realist research. Every 8 years or so this results in a book – namely A Measure for Measures (1989), Realistic Evaluation (1997 with Nick Tilley), Evidence-Based Policy: A Realist Perspective (2006) and The Science of Evaluation: A Realist Manifesto (2013). His writing is painfully slow. Expect the next monograph – Evidence-based Medicine and Evidence-based Policy: A Realist Tryst in 2020.