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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.

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


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

Complexity poses great challenges to policy-making and evaluation because complex systems are fundamentally unpredictable. Ignoring it brings the risk of making costly inadequate decisions and policies failing unexpectedly. Understanding and embracing complexity means exploring uncertainty with rigour and the possibility of effective policy-making.

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.

CECAN Syllabus CPD Workshop: 'Qualitative Comparative Analysis'

 

CECAN Syllabus

CECAN - Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Tuesday 19th June 2018, 11:00 - 15:00 (registration 10:30)

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

 

Course Details: This workshop is part of the CECAN Module for future policy analysts and evaluators. The syllabus was developed to support capacity building nationally and internationally in the evaluation of complex policy and programmes.

This session introduces qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) - a case-based approach that relies on Boolean algebra, which crudely speaking is a way of sorting differentiating units or cases according to whether they share or do not share particular configurations of attributes. 

 

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this session, students will have gained knowledge of:

CECAN Seminar with Claes Andersson - The Spectrum of Overwhelming Systems

 

CECAN Seminar with Claes Andersson

You are warmly invited to register for a CECAN Seminar with Professor Claes Andersson of Chalmers University of Technology - discussing the 'Spectrum of Overwhelming Systems.'

BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET

16th May 2018  12.45-2pm

Seminar Overview

In a 2014 paper in Futures we explored the relatively straightforward proposition that societal systems combine two qualities that are commonly referred to as complexity and complicatedness. Why do societal systems remain recalcitrant despite the fact that we have powerful approaches for dealing with both these qualities. We claim that the combination between complexity and complicatedness is emergent: fundamentally and irreducibly different from either quality in isolation.

CECAN Syllabus CPD Workshop: 'Designing Evaluations for Complex Policy Interventions 2018'

 

CECAN Syllabus

CECAN - Designing Evaluations for Complex Policy Interventions 2018

Tuesday 15th May 2018, 09:00 - 17:30

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

 

Course Details: This workshop is part of the CECAN Module for future policy analysts and evaluators. The syllabus was developed to support capacity building nationally and internationally in the evaluation of complex policy and programmes.

The course covers the main strategies, approaches and methods that an evaluator or evaluation commissioner might want to use to tackle the challenges of complexity social science and policy evaluation. It examines complexity and its role in evaluation and social science research and the methodological challenges this can pose for evaluation of complex policy and programmes. The course is an essential conceptual preparation for the short courses on specific methods for complex policy evaluation offered by CECAN.

 

Session 1: Policy Research and Evaluation: