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.

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.

CECAN Seminar - Applying Process Tracing Within a Realist Evaluation


Process Tracing


CECAN Seminar  - Applying Process Tracing Within a Realist Evaluation

5th September 12:45pm - 14:00pm - BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET

You are warmly invited to join us in Westminster for a CECAN seminar, to be delivered by policy evaluators at BEIS, discussing the use of process tracing in realist evaluation.

Seminar Overview:

This seminar, led by Adam Stiles, will examine the application of process tracing methods within a realist evaluation.

The evaluation of the ‘Transitional Arrangements (TA) for Demand Side Response’ scheme was commissioned by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and has been led by CAG Consultants in partnership with Charles Michaelis (CECAN).