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Dealing with Complexity in Policy Evaluation: BEIS/CECAN Briefing and Workshop

CECAN / BEIS Workshop

 

On 4th October 2019, CECAN held a briefing and workshop session with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on dealing with complexity in policy evaluation. Held at the BEIS conference centre in central London, the session was well attended by over 20 BEIS policy-makers and analysts.

Chaired by CECAN Deputy Director, Ben Shaw, the briefing session was opened with a presentation from Dione Hills (Tavistock Institute/CECAN) and Helen Wilkinson (Risk Solutions/CECAN) providing an overview of the principles of complexity and their important implications for delivery of effective policy evaluation and analysis. This included a taster of some of the issues included in the forthcoming Annex on complexity to the revised Magenta Book – the Government’s guidance on evaluation.

CECAN Webinar: Demi-Regs and the Characteristics of Realist Evaluation

Justin Jagosh Webinar

 

On 5th December 2019, Justin Jagosh, Director of the Centre for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis (CARES), hosted our CECAN Webinar: 'Demi-Regs and the Characteristics of Realist Evaluation'. 

A demi-regularity, also known as a demi-reg, is a semi-predictable outcome pattern. The demi-reg concept has relevance to fundamental principles in realist evaluation (Pawson and Tilley, 1997) including the context-mechanism-outcome (CMO) configuration and middle-range theorizing.

Attended by around 50 participants, the webinar examined the demi-reg concept using source material and illustrated using examples. Although the use of the concept is not a pre-requisite for conducting a realist evaluation, it has significant value for understanding and engaging with the analytical characteristics of a realist methodological process.

Innovative Partnerships: A Review of Innovative Public-Private Partnerships in Food-Energy-Water-Environment Domains in the UK

Innovative Partnerships

 

Pete Barbrook-Johnson, a UKRI Innovation Fellow hosted by CECAN, has published the first report from his 3-year fellowship. The report reviews innovative public-private partnerships working in the UK on food-energy-water- environment ‘nexus’ domains. It can be found at https://www.innovativeppp.org/review-of-ppp.

 

CECAN Webinar: The Human, Learning, Systems approach to managing in complexity

Toby Lowe Webinar

 

On 1st October 2019, Dr Toby Lowe, Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership and Management at Newcastle Business School, hosted our CECAN Webinar: 'The Human, Learning, Systems approach to managing in complexity'. 

 

Attended by around 60 participants, the webinar discussed the challenge of creating complexity-informed evaluation by seeing it as a public management challenge. How can public management adopt a more complexity-informed approach? The session outlined an emerging complexity-informed approach to public management: the Human, Learning, Systems (HLS) approach. The HLS approach involves public services responding to the variety of human need through bespoke service provision, using learning as the engine for performance improvement and stewarding the health of the systems which produce social outcomes.

 

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: Co-creation of innovation: Group Concept Mapping to value and engage More Knowledgeable Others in authoring and valuing complex systems

Mary Kane Webinar

 

On 24th September 2019, Mary Kane presented an overview of Group Concept Mapping. Mary Kane, MSLIS, is President of Concept Systems, Inc., a social research and evaluation firm specializing in capturing the knowledge and opinions of people and agencies to improve organizations, cultures and environments. 

 

Attended by around 50 participants, the webinar included the following topics:

 

  • The foundations and applications of Group Concept Mapping;

  • The principles and relevance of MKO (More Knowledgeable Other);

  • Initiatives that are relevant to the mission of CECAN relative to policy innovation;

  • Groupwisdom™, the web-based application for data collection and results 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.