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CECAN Webinar - Risk Analysis at the Food Standards Agency post EU-Exit: The role of economics and social science in informing risk management

Dione Hills & Helen Wilkinson Webinar

 

On 6th February, Vanna Aldin (Head of Analytics and Chief Economist at the Food Standards Agency) kindly presented a CECAN Webinar on 'Risk Analysis at the Food Standards Agency post EU-Exit: The role of economics and social science in informing risk management'.

The webinar highlighted the central role of economics and social sciences in informing “the other legitimate factors” – which is the internationally accepted terminology for issues other than risk related to human health- risk managers will consider alongside the risk assessment to develop, analyse and identify risk management recommendations.

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch/listen to the session via our YouTube channel below.

Additionally, please note, the FSA is looking to expand their Register of Specialists, who they may use to commission short pieces of ad hoc science and technical work under contract. Further information and application forms are available here.

 

Complexity Evaluation Framework

DEFRA

 

30th January 2019

CECAN Ltd is pleased to be working with Defra to develop a Complexity Evaluation Framework that will equip Defra commissioners of evaluation with a checklist of core considerations to ensure that policy evaluations sufficiently consider the implications of complexity theory. A long-term CECAN partner, Defra is one of a number of organisations that has collaborated with CECAN Ltd to give further consideration to embedding complexity thinking into evaluation. Defra is seeking to ensure that evaluations adequately account for uncertain contexts, behaviours, intersectionalities and adaptions which may affect implementation of policies across its remit (which includes the environment, food, farming, fishing and rural affairs). The Complexity Evaluation Framework will provide an actionable toolkit for evaluation commissioners to deliver insights. This will lead to evaluations that both demonstrate the impact and value for money of new policies and also enable rapid feedback to allow for adaptive implementation of policy in changing and uncertain contexts.

CECAN Case Study Report: BEIS Energy Trilemma

Energy Trilemma

 

12th December 2018

We are pleased to announce that CECAN Research Fellows, Pete Barbrook-Johnson and Alex Penn, have published a report presenting a systems mapping project carried out by CECAN with BEIS between June 2017 and December 2018.

There is a large range of central government policies and programmes that have effects on the energy trilemma (i.e. the interplay between sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions, consumer prices, and security of supply). The sheer number of programmes and policies with close interaction and overlap in this area has led to a crowded and complex policy landscape with a range of potentially complementary and conflicting aims.

CECAN Webinar: Developing Microsimulation Models to Generate Evidence to Support Policy Change in Public Health

Abbygail J

 

On 7th November, Abbygail Jaccard (Deputy Director of Public Health Modelling UK Health Forum) kindly presented a CECAN Webinar on how the UKHF computer generated microsimulation models have been developed to forecast the health and economic impact of different policy scenarios. Changes to Air Quality and the Introduction of a Sugar Sweetener Beverage Tax were used to illustrate the UKHF multi-disciplinary approach to modelling and impacts such as the incidence of chronic diseases and demand for healthcare services. The UKHF have also developed additional tools to provide evidence at local and national level to support policy change in public health.

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch/listen to the session via our Youtube channel below. Abbygail has also kindly made her slides available for download here.

 

CECAN Webinar: The Pluralistic Evaluation Framework for Policy Evaluation

Richard Gunton

 

On 20th November, Richard Gunton presented a CECAN Webinar on the Pluralistic Evaluation Framework, a high-level approach to policy design, appraisal and evaluation based on a comprehensive theory of valuing. This framework for policy design and evaluation identifies 15 aspects spanning mathematical, ecological, cognitive, communal and ideological themes. Each of these aspects are assessed from the perspective of stakeholders,  systems affected and values. Coastal Realignment Policy and Defra’s 25-Year Plan were used to demonstrate the application of the framework.

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch/listen to the session via our YouTube channel below. Richard has also kindly made his slides available for download, along with a Pluralistic Evaluation Framework template,  here.