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To overcome these challenges, we developed a customised approach to realist evidence synthesis, drawing on the VICTORE complexity checklist and incorporating stakeholder engagement as primary data to achieve greater depth of understanding relating to contextual and mechanistic factors, and the complex interactions between them. Here we discuss the benefits of this adapted methodology alongside an overview of the research through which the methodology was developed.
A key finding from this research was that combining the complexity checklist with primary data from stakeholder engagement enabled us to systematically interrogate the data across data sources, uncovering and evidencing mechanisms which may otherwise have remained hidden, giving greater ontological depth to our research findings.
This paper builds on key methodological developments in realist research, demonstrating how realist methodologies can be customised to overcome challenges in developing and refining programme theory from the literature, and contributes to the broader literature of innovative approaches to realist research.