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CECAN Webinar - Handling subjective views and bringing rigour to contribution analysis: Bayesian Belief Networks and evaluating likelihoods in action

 

Stuart Astill

 

CECAN Webinar  - Handling subjective views and bringing rigour to contribution analysis: Bayesian Belief Networks and evaluating likelihoods in action

16th October 13:00 - 14:00 BST

You are warmly invited to join us for the following CECAN Webinar...

Webinar Overview:

Simon Henderson and Stuart Astill will give a talk showing how influence maps analysed using Bayesian Belief Networks can be used to add rigour to contribution analysis (and other evaluative judgements) in situations where subjective views rather than objective outcome data is the main source of knowledge. They will look at how a well-planned approach can structure and aggregate subjective views using influence mapping, Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs) and conceptions around evaluating likelihoods.

Tutor Biographies:

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). 

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: