CECAN will be hosting a variety of events, workshops, courses and seminars to which we welcome external participants from Government, academic and public sectors.

If you would like to book on to any of our events please contact us early to avoid disappointment.

The Pluralistic Evaluation Framework: A Workshop for People in Policy Impact Appraisal


Pluralistic Framework

The Pluralistic Evaluation Framework: A Workshop for People in Policy Impact Appraisal

Tuesday 3rd July 2018, 11:00 - 16:00 

University of York


When a problem is to be solved in a complex environment with a diversity of stakeholders, how can a policy be democratically justified as “good” use of public funds? How can we appraise policies in a more concrete way than resorting to vague general value judgements such as “enhanced” and “improved”? A comprehensive policy evaluation ought to analyse what good outcomes might mean to different stakeholders in a given context.

Policy Evaluation for a Complex World - 11th July 2018



Policy Evaluation for a Complex World

Policy Evaluation for a Complex World

The Challenges that Complexity Poses for Policy - Solutions and Benefits

One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ

11th July 2018, 9.30am to 3.45pm

You are warmly invited to attend CECAN’s annual conference, 'Policy Evaluation for a Complex World', in London on 11th July 2018.

The world is complex: it is made up of many different components which interact in messy, adaptive and unpredictable ways.

Webinar with Dr Martin Reynolds, Open University: "Making Policy and Making Policy Work with Developmental Evaluation."

Systems thinking

CECAN Webinar 24th July 2018  13.00-14.00 BST

"Making policy and making policy work with developmental evaluation."

Dr Martin Reynolds  (Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) Group, School of Engineering & Innovation, Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA. UK)  

Brief Synopsis

Developmental evaluation endeavours to reconfigure evaluation practice away from merely serving purposes of external accountability of policy towards making evaluation integral to the dualistic practice of policy making and policy implementation.  Whilst ideas on developmental evaluation from Michael Quinn Patton have gained traction with increasing concern over interventions in contexts of rapid change and uncertainty, endeavours have focused on applying concepts principally from a tradition of complexity science. A key challenge is in making such concepts work for evaluators and other stakeholders.