The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) has been transforming the practice of policy evaluation across the food, energy, water and environmental domains, to make it fit for a complex world. We have achieved this through pioneering, testing and promoting innovative policy evaluation approaches with UK Government departments.

We are also delivering a technical training programme, CPD courses, specialist workshops, publications, webinars and seminars to demonstrate the challenges of evaluation in real world situations. Our Fellowship Programme has provided opportunities for those from Government and industry to forge useful and lasting connections with researchers and for CECAN’s work to be informed by and linked closely to practical evaluation.

We will continue to refine complex appropriate evaluation methods in the nexus domains and apply them to public health, wellbeing, the local natural environment and enterprise domains in partnership with national, regional and local government, nongovernment funders and the third sector and expand our technical training, workshop, publication and webinar programmes, sharing our specialist knowledge and skills to further develop the capacity of those working on UK policy evaluation.

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AThe Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), a £3m research centre hosted by the University of Surrey, is transforming the practice of policy evaluation in Nexus areas, to make it fit for a complex world.

CECAN is pioneering, testing and promoting innovative policy evaluation approaches and methods across Nexus domains such as food, energy, water and the environment, through a series of ‘real-life’ case study projects with co-funders (ESRC, NERC, DEFRA, BEIS, FSA and EA).

CECAN has been delivering a programme of evaluation methods workshops, training courses in evaluation tools and specialist seminars delivered by international experts, to encourage knowledge sharing and capacity building amongst those working in UK policy making.

What is the Nexus and what do we do?...

Developing Policy Evaluation Methods

 

CECAN Developing Policy Evaluation Methods

CECAN responds to a variety of 'real-life' UK policy issues, with evaluation and methodological solutions applicable to nexus topics, and other complex social settings.

Applying Evaluation Methods in Practice

 

CECAN Applying Policy Evaluation Methods

CECAN addresses the tension between developing evaluation methodologies and ensuring their take up by scoping complex policy 'case studies' with co-funders.

Enhancing Knowledge & Capacity Building

 

CECAN Enhancing Knowledge and Skills

CECAN encourages interaction and learning amongst co-funders, policymakers, social scientists and other experts, to form a 'community of practice' across Nexus domains.