Take a look at our latest CECAN update to find out more about what we’ve been working on and activities coming soon.
The CECAN Progress report (March 2016 – February 2023) provides an overview of the project, its findings, and impacts.
On 18th January 2023, Catherine Currie (Independent Evaluation Consultant) hosted a CECAN webinar.
On 18th October 2022, Dave Snowden (Director & Founder – The Cynefin Centre) hosted a CECAN webinar.
On 28th and 29th Sept 2022, Brian Castellani (CECAN Partner and Professor of Sociology, University of Durham) had the opportunity to present on Co-producing complex systems interventions for public health.
BOOK LAUNCH: Systems Mapping: how to build and use causal models of systems by Pete Barbrook-Johnson and Alexandra Penn
On 27th September, a virtual book launch was held for the new open access book on systems mapping by CECAN members Dr Pete Barbrook-Johnson and Dr Alexandra Penn.
CECAN Webinar: An update of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Framework for Developing and Evaluating Complex Interventions
On 15th June 2022, Kathryn Skivington & Laurence Moore (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow) hosted a CECAN webinar.
CECAN Webinar: Inequality in a Context of Climate Crisis After COVID – the Role of Applied Social Science
On 24th May 2022, David Byrne (Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Applied Social Science, University of Durham) hosted a CECAN webinar.
CECAN Webinar: Evaluating government spending: Findings and recommendations from the latest National Audit Office report
On 15th March 2022, Phil Bradburn (National Audit Office) hosted a CECAN webinar.
On 9th December 2021, Emily Gates (Assistant Professor of Evaluation in the Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment Department at Boston College) hosted a CECAN webinar.
On 21st September 2021, Brendan Bromwich (Principal Engineer, Asset Management and Investment Planning, Mott MacDonald) hosted a CECAN webinar.
One of the country’s top research hubs for evaluating complex policies has published a new toolkit that could help government officials judge the effectiveness of their work.
On 6th July 2021, Dr Corey Schimpf, Dr Brian Castellani and Dr Pete Barbrook-Johnson hosted a CECAN webinar, which discussed case-based scenario simulation (CBSS) in relation to evaluation purpose (learning or accountability) and evaluation design (cross-sectional or longitudinal).
CECAN has been developing a new app, called PRSM, which runs in a web browser and which helps groups of people collaboratively develop networks or ‘maps’ of policy and other systems online.
On 31st March 2021, Pete Barbrook-Johnson and Alexandra Penn hosted our CECAN Webinar: ‘Participatory Systems Mapping for Policy Evaluation’.
CECAN PhD Student, Betheney Wills, is awarded her doctorate and secures a position at Defra (Marine and Fisheries)
Betheney was awarded a PhD in November 2020 following a viva in which her thesis was approved without corrections.
CECAN recently guest edited a special issue of the leading evaluation journal ‘Evaluation’. The issue, written by members of CECAN and some of its collaborators, aims to bring together a set of ideas and methods for handling complexity in evaluation based on extensive practical experience in addressing these issues, from a research perspective, in UK central government evaluation.
On 24th November 2020, Tom Oliver (University of Reading) hosted a CECAN webinar.
Dr Barbara Befani, CECAN Research Fellow, has expanded and partially redeveloped the CAEM tool originally published by BOND to include, amongst else, more complexity-appropriate methodologies.
Exploring the Intersection Between Local Governance and the Natural Capital Approach in the Marine Pioneer (Summary Report)
Written by our CECAN PhD Researcher, Betheney Wills, this report details the main findings from her research on the Marine Pioneer, a government pilot programme which tested key principles from the 25-Year Environment Plan.
On 22nd September 2020, Professor Robert MacKay, hosted our CECAN Webinar: Trophic Analysis of Directed Networks.
System Dynamics is a mature, model-based policy design and evaluation method which has been used to harness the power of complexity on a wide range of policy issues, both in the UK and elsewhere, over the past 60 years.
Between March and July 2020 Brian Castellani and Pete Barbrook-Johnson became part of the COVID-19 Community Health and Social Care Modelling Team at Durham University.
From April – June 2019, Betheney Wills, a PhD Researcher from CECAN/University of Surrey undertook a policy internship with the Marine and Fisheries Team at the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).