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CECAN Fellow: Tom Woolley

CECAN Fellowship: Developing the Approach to Evaluation and Monitoring of Marine Planning in English Waters

Mentors: Emma Uprichard

Marine plans are one of a number of different policy and regulatory initiatives that currently shape activities in the marine areas around England. Given the complex legislative, regulatory and policy background in which marine plans are being developed and implemented, evaluating marine plan impact distinctly from other initiatives is challenging.

This fellowship will explore a range of issues including whether: it is possible to establish suitable counterfactuals (or similar tools); the datasets available reflect the policy area; there is opportunity to simplify evaluation; outputs and outcomes measures are the most appropriate way to measure impact. Work will build on insights from research to date, including that conducted by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), as well as examining potential alternatives evaluation approaches, drawing on the work of CECAN.

Tom is a Senior Marine Planner at the MMO and is involved with all stages of marine planning with extensive experience in the field. Tom’s current marine planning work focusses on working with others to improve the utility and use of marine plans in decision making, stakeholder-based monitoring, and overseeing the consideration of governance matters as well as contributing to the options and visioning process in relation to marine plans.

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