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CECAN Webinar: The Human, Learning, Systems approach to managing in complexity

CECAN Webinar

 

CECAN Webinar: The Human, Learning, Systems approach to managing in complexity

 

Tuesday 1st October 2019, 13:00 - 14:00 BST

Presenter: Dr Toby Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership and Management, Newcastle Business School 

 

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Webinar Overview: 

The webinar views the challenge of creating complexity-informed evaluation by seeing it as a public management challenge. How can public management adopt a more complexity-informed approach? The session will outline an emerging complexity-informed approach to public management: the Human, Learning, Systems (HLS) approach. The HLS approach involves public services responding to the variety of human need through bespoke service provision, using learning as the engine for performance improvement and stewarding the health of the systems which produce social outcomes.

 

Human

One of the three key tasks of managing work in an HLS way (including funding and commissioning of work) means creating the conditions in which people can build effective human relationships.

CECAN Webinar: Co-creation of innovation: Group Concept Mapping to value and engage More Knowledgeable Others in authoring and valuing complex systems

CECAN Webinar

 

CECAN Webinar: Co-creation of innovation: Group Concept Mapping (GCM) to value and engage More Knowledgeable Others in authoring and valuing complex systems

 

Tuesday 24th September 2019, 14:00 - 15:00 BST / 09:00 - 10:00 EDT

Presenter: Mary Kane, Concept Systems, Inc. (US)

 

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Webinar Overview: 

Participation in defining elements or issues within a system is a critical requirement in defining that system adequately.  In many social policy spaces, hearing the voices of those who are affected, and who have a lived knowledge of the issues, is foundational. This is equally important in defining the elements of a complex system to anchor evaluation.

Valuing voice, an empowering extension of community-based participation, seeks and values the important input that each member of a group can provide, whether a teen at his computer or senior evaluator at a UN office. Group concept mapping (GCM) is the methodology that supports such engagement throughout the entire process that produces an innovation.

CECAN Webinar: Using the System Effects methodology to understand the user experience of complex systems

CECAN Webinar

 

CECAN Webinar: Using the System Effects methodology to understand the user experience of complex systems

 

Tuesday 16th July 2019, 09:00 - 10:00 BST (18:00 - 19:00 ACT) 

Presenter: Dr Luke K Craven, Research Fellow (Public Service Research Group), University of New South Wales, Canberra 

 

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Webinar Overview: 

This webinar will present an overview of the System Effects methodology, an approach developed to understand the user experience of complex systems. System Effects draws on the methodological approaches of soft systems thinking, fuzzy cognitive mapping, and graph theoretical analysis. As a methodological tool, its objective is to aggregate and quantify user-generated system maps of a problem and its associated factors. Participants will be given a live demonstration of a new System Effects software that can assist in data collection and analysis. Finally, participants will be able able to discuss their work-in-progress, and engage in a discussion about they could effectively incorporate systems thinking and System Effects into their own projects.

CECAN Webinar: Citizens’ juries: how public policy should be made?

CECAN Webinar

 

CECAN Webinar -  Citizens’ juries: how public policy should be made?

 

Tuesday 9th July 2019, 13:00 - 14:00 BST

Presenter: Dr Malcolm Oswald

 

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Webinar Overview: 

Public policy questions are often complex. Decisions rely on both evidence and values. Where should these values come from: politicians, public officials, independent experts, or the public? 

A citizens’ jury brings together a cross-section of the public for several days, where they hear evidence from expert witnesses, and deliberate together to reach reasoned conclusions about the questions they are set. Citizens’ juries can be used in research, but they are primarily a form of “deliberative democracy” – a method for engaging the public in policy decisions that affect them. They can (unusually) be used as a means to make policy decisions, but more often juries make recommendations to which policymakers respond, either backing their recommendations or justifying why their policy decisions deviate from one or more of a jury’s recommendations. 

CECAN Webinar: Theory of Change – Getting the most out of it - Insights from a Practitioner

CECAN Webinar

 

CECAN Webinar: Theory of Change – Getting the most out of it - Insights from a Practitioner

 

Tuesday 2nd July, 13:00 - 14:00 BST

Presenter: Bridget Dillon, Head of Evaluation Profession, Department for International Development, UK Government (DFID)

 

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Webinar Overview: 

This session briefly outlines the origins of theory of change, its purpose, and wide variety of uses. The main message is to show that theory of change as a tool, is instrumental in helping evaluators, intervention managers, and wider stakeholders, understand how change happens. In turn this contributes to better targeted and shaped interventions, and ultimately improved practice. 

The session focuses on the behavioural model of Theory of Change, and provides tips/ suggestions for participants to take away and use in their own work.

 

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CECAN Workshop: Commissioning Complex Evaluations

CECAN Workshop

 

CECAN Workshop - Commissioning Complex Evaluations

 

Monday 29th April 2019, 10:00 - 16:00 

Prince Philip House, 3 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5DG

You are warmly invited to join us for this workshop hosted by CECAN, the Centre for Evaluating Complexity Across the Nexus.  

 

Workshop Overview: 

Many policies are ‘complex’, that is, they have multiple objectives and multiple actors with possibly conflicting objectives, feedback loops, and policy outcomes that are dependent on the details of the policy history. Evaluating such policies is correspondingly difficult, because often the impact of the policy is unpredictable and the outcomes may be highly context dependent.