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Policy Internship – Abandoned, Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear – A fisherman’s perspective

Policy Internship

 

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). The aim of the internship was to gain a better understanding of fishermen’s perspectives on Abandoned Lost and Discarded Fishing Gear (ALDFG) in the seas around the UK. Betheney's final report has now been published by Defra, and can be accessed here.  

 

CECAN Webinar - COMPLEX-IT: User-friendly computational modelling software for exploring complex policy data

COMPLEX-IT Webinar

 

On 18th June 2020, Professor Brian Castellani (Sociology, Durham), Dr Corey Schimpf (Learning Analytics Scientist, Concord Consortium) and Dr Pete Barbrook-Johnson (Senior Research Fellow, Surrey), hosted our CECAN Webinar: 'COMPLEX-IT: User-friendly computational modelling software for exploring complex policy data'. 

 

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.