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CECAN PRESS RELEASE (1 April 2020): CECAN guidance on complexity and policy evaluation published by HM Treasury

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HM Treasury has today (Wednesday 1 April 2020) updated the Magenta Book, UK Government’s central guidance on how to evaluate policies, projects and programmes. The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), based at the University of Surrey, was invited to contribute a supplementary guide on evaluation and complexity.

 

The Magenta Book 2020 Supplementary Guide: Handling Complexity in Policy Evaluation is based on three years’ research and development of evaluation methods by CECAN. It explains what complexity is, its implications, and how evaluators and policy makers can plan, deliver and use complexity-appropriate evaluation to help navigate complexity.

 

Professor Nigel Gilbert CBE, Director of CECAN at the University of Surrey, said: 

Handling Complexity in Policy Evaluation - Magenta Book 2020 Supplementary Guide

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The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) has produced supplementary guidance for the 2020 revision of the Magenta Book, published on 1st April. The Magenta Book, published by HM Treasury, is the key UK Government resource on evaluation, setting out central government guidance on how to evaluate policies, projects and programmes.

 

The Magenta Book 2020 Supplementary Guide: Handling Complexity in Policy Evaluation is based on three years’ research and development of evaluation methods by CECAN. It explains what complexity is, its implications, and how evaluators and policy makers can plan, deliver and use complexity-appropriate evaluation to work with this complexity.

 

CECAN held an event at Church House, Westminster on 3rd March to introduce the Supplementary Guide to users. The event brought together over 60 policy makers, analysts and commissioners of evaluations, as well as evaluation practitioners including public sector evaluation contractors.

 

CECAN working with Department for Transport on Future of Mobility

Mobility as a Service

18th March 2020: Pete Barbrook-Johnson, Alex Penn and Ben Shaw have begun a new CECAN case study working with DfT to support their work on 'Mobility-as-a-Service' (i.e. using data and software, such as apps, to manage and access transport services). The team have been using our approach to Participatory Systems Mapping to get a sense of the Mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) system in the UK, and will be using this to understand the structural requirements needed to provide MaaS platforms and the wider impacts of MaaS business models on consumers, mobility providers, local authorities and businesses.

CECAN Webinar - Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy

Jen Nelles Webinar

On 12th February 2020, Jen Nelles, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Enterprise Development (CREED), University of Sheffield Management School, Productivity Insights Network (PIN), hosted our CECAN Webinar: 'Mapping the Cognitive Landscape of Productivity in Northern Ireland: A Systems Approach to Understanding Productivity Policy'. 

 

CECAN delivers complexity-appropriate evaluation training for PHE London

PHE Training

On 9th January 2020, Dione Hills (Tavistock Institute) and Pete Barbrook-Johnson (University of Surrey) delivered training on how to conduct evaluations in complex settings to a mixed group of practitioners and policy teams working on public health issues in London. The session was organised by the London office of Public Health England, and will be followed by bespoke sessions in which CECAN will further support specific team’s evaluation efforts in the complex public health policy areas in which they work.