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CECAN Workshop: Complexity in Evaluation

Guildford, 15 - 16 Sep 2016

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September 2016, Barnett Hill Conference Centre, Guildford

Workshop Overview:

This 2 day residential workshop, conducted under the Chatham House Rule, will bring together evidence teams, policy makers, policy analysts, complexity scientists, evaluation experts and experts in Nexus subjects.

Our aim for the workshop is to collectively generate deeper and shared understanding around complexity and evaluation whilst producing concrete outputs. In particular the co-construction of a general-purpose timeline for approaching evaluation in complex contexts. This will be designed to bring together your expertise and practical experience with our tools and approaches, to produce a workable, yet innovative, real world method.

We will combine participatory design and collaborative problem solving with information and ideas exchange between CECAN and partners. We will pool the diverse expertise of everyone present to collectively frame and make progress on the key issues, whilst learning from each other, introducing novel approaches and connecting them to the realities of evaluation in a variety of contexts. Sessions will be designed to: scope the problem areas, practicalities and resources and tools at our disposal; make connections and develop ideas to find routes for progress; and co-develop a practical output constructed and illustrated using real-world evaluation examples.

Sessions will include:

  • Micro-presentations on innovative tools, approaches and case studies of evaluation of complexity in practice.
  • Considering real examples and case studies-where is the complexity?
  • Scoping the evaluation landscape and surveying the practical challenges and capacity to innovate.
  • Framing and developing the key issues for evaluation of complexity via participant-driven, self-organised discussion.
  • Problem-solving surgeries for specific issues, matching tools and problems and action planning in light of “landscape”.
  • Structured co-design of evaluation timeline.
  • Plenary report-back session, summarising learning, outputs and next steps.

The workshop will be held at the beautiful Barnett Hill Conference Centre in Surrey. Because of the nature of the workshop, you should attend both days (starting 11am Thursday 15th September and ending 4pm Friday 16th September), however the report-back session on the afternoon of the second day can be attended without participation in the full event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided each day.

Dinner, bed and breakfast are available at the Conference Centre for £103 +VAT per person, payable directly to the venue.

How to Join:

If you would like to attend this workshop, please register your details and answer the qualifying questions on our Eventbrite page. We will then be in touch to confirm your place.

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