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Addressing Complexity in Nexus Issues - A Case Based Approach

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The CECAN team would like to extend thanks to Professor Brian Castellani from the Complexity in Health and Infrastructure Group at Kent State University USA, for his engaging discussions on case-based approaches to addressing complexity in nexus issues at his seminar on 23rd February 2017.

Trained as a clinical psychologist, methodologist and sociologist, Brian has spent the past ten years developing a new case-based approach to modeling complex social systems, which he and his colleagues have used to help practitioners and policy makers address and improve complex public health issues such as community wellbeing, stress and coping (allostatic load), comorbid depression in primary care, addiction, medical education and grid reliability.

Drawing upon two recent studies – one on health trajectories and the other on grid reliability – Brian demonstrated how evaluation researchers can use case-based complexity to more effectively model nexus issues across time/space and showcased a new Case-based Complexity App that Brian and colleagues have developed and are keen to share.

What works at the Nexus? A thought provoking seminar from Professor James Wilsdon

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The CECAN team would like to extend thanks to Professor James Wilsdon from the University of Sheffield for his thought provoking discussions on 'What works at the Nexus' on 25th January 2017.

Drawing on insights from his role as director of the ESRC’s Nexus Network, and vice-chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA), James Wilsdon reflected on how the landscape for transdisciplinary, policy-engaged research is changing, and what opportunities may emerge through the Global Challenges Research Fund, reforms to the Research Excellence Framework and the creation of UK Research and Innovation.

Watch the podcast of this seminar or download the slides.

 

CECAN Seminar: "Complexity, Power and Evidence in the UK Healthcare Sector: A Case Study of E-Health Research"

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The CECAN team would like to extend thanks to Professor Trish Greenhalgh from the University of Oxford, who kindly dedicated her lunch hour to give us an energetic, thought provoking and highly logical seminar on evaluating e-health research.

Trish began by discussing what we mean by e-health research and that research of technologies that only focuses on 'technologies which will change the world', is aligned with a vague modernist vision, where technology is meant to solve many of society’s problems. Why? Because it does not consider the complex elements of peoples’ everyday lives.

Of course, e-health technologies have not changed the world, as highlighted by Tony Blair’s 'National Programme for IT'. This £12.8billion programme was meant to improve transparency, efficiency and accountability within the health service. It didn't happen and this became a paradigm case of inflated hopes and underestimated challenges in e-health.

CECAN Launches Policy & Practice Note Series

CECAN EPPN Series

CECAN has launched a Policy and Practice Note Series, with e-versions available to download. These publications are iterative and a programme of further work is being undertaken for launch in 2017:

Qualitative Comparative Analysis: A Pragmatic Method for Evaluating Intervention - Professor David Byrne, Durham University (Lead)

Testing Contribution Claims With Bayesian Updating - Dr Barbara Befani, University of Surrey (Lead)

Agent Based Modelling for Evaluation - Helen Wilkinson, Risk Solutions (Lead)

Dependency Models - Dr Emma Uprichard, Warwick University (Lead)

 

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