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Complexity Evaluation Framework

CEF

 

23rd August 2019

On the 5th of June 2019, CECAN Ltd presented a first look at the new Complexity Evaluation Framework to an audience of policy-makers, analysts and commissioners in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

 

The framework has been commissioned by Defra and delivered by CECAN Ltd. Written for analysts and policy-makers who are involved in planning, commissioning, managing and/or delivering evaluation, the framework aims to ensure that complexity thinking is consistently embedded into evaluation – to equip its users with a checklist of core considerations to ensure that evaluations are robust and sufficiently consider the implications of complexity.  

 

The workshop included a discussion with Roisin O’Brien (Principal Social Researcher – Resources and Waste Evidence) and Tom Pye (Senior Policy Advisor - Resources, Waste and Plastics Strategy), hosted by CECAN Deputy Director Ben Shaw.

 

CECAN Webinar: Using the System Effects methodology to understand the user experience of complex systems

Luke Craven Webinar

 

On 16th July 2019, Dr Luke K Craven, Research Fellow (Public Service Research Group) at University of New South Wales, Canberra presented an overview of the System Effects methodology, an approach developed to understand the user experience of complex systems. The webinar included a live demonstration of a new System Effects software that can assist in data collection and analysis.

 

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch/listen to the session via our YouTube channel below. We are also pleased to be able to share a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please click here to view. As the webinar proved to be very popular, unfortunately we were unable to get through all the participant questions. Accordingly, please click here to view answers to the questions which we were unable to cover during the live webinar. 

 

 

CECAN Webinar: Citizens’ juries: how public policy should be made?

Citizens' Juries Webinar

 

On 9th July 2019, Dr Malcolm Oswald, Director at Citizens Juries c.i.c, presented a CECAN webinar introducing citizens' juries; where a cross-section of the public are brought together for several days to hear evidence from expert witnesses and deliberate together to reach reasoned conclusions about the questions they are set. Citizens’ juries can be used in research, but they are primarily a form of “deliberative democracy” – a method for engaging the public in policy decisions that affect them. 

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch/listen to the session via our YouTube channel below. We are also pleased to be able to share a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please click here to view. 

 

 

CECAN Webinar: Theory of Change – Getting the most out of it - Insights from a Practitioner

Theory of Change Webinar

 

On 2nd July 2019, Bridget Dillon, Head of Evaluation Profession, Department for International Development, UK Government (DFID) presented a CECAN webinar on Theory of Change. Attended by over 90 participants, the webinar focused on the behavioural model of Theory of Change, and provided suggestions for participants to take away and use in their own work.

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch/listen to the session via our YouTube channel below. We are also pleased to be able to share a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please click here to view. 

 

 

CECAN Workshop: Commissioning Complex Evaluations

Commissioning Complex Evaluations

 

On 29th April 2019, the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) hosted the Commissioning Complex Evaluations workshop at Prince Philip House, London. 

 

The event brought together policy analysts from government departments who have to commission the evaluation of complex policies and contractors who have experience of bidding against Invitations to Tender for policy evaluation. Attended by 47 delegates, the workshop provided the opportunity to share experience on procuring complexity-appropriate methods and how to overcome some of the rigidities in tender processes; pinpoint barriers to complexity appropriate methods in competitive tendering processes; and develop immediately applicable suggestions and solutions.

 

We are pleased to be able to share presentations from the workshop, which can be viewed using the links below.

 

What’s stopping us? Commissioner and contractor perspectives on complexity approaches in evaluation:

 

Evaluative Thinking in Complexity Research

Evaluative Thinking in Complexity Research

 

By Dione Hills, 8th March 2019

The field of complexity related research is growing apace, and CECAN has been at the forefront of exploring how research methods from this field can be incorporated into evaluation practice (given sufficient resources, expertise and willingness on the part of evaluation funders!). However, what has not yet been explored in depth, is the question of how evaluation differs from other kinds of research, and what implications, if any, this has for the adoption of complex appropriate research methods within an evaluation context.