CECAN recently ran a systems mapping workshop at BEIS with a range of stakeholders from industry and government, looking at biogas and biomethane production and usage, as part of our case study on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Pete Barbrook-Johnson, Alex Penn and Anna Kaxira helped to develop a systems map of the biogas and biomethane production/use system. They are now working on verifying and refining the map. The final map and an associated report to BEIS will be used to: (i) inform theory and data collection in the ongoing evaluation of reformed RHI, and (ii) inform future policy planning in relevant policy areas.
Summary Report - CECAN International Symposium on Complexity Approaches to Evaluate Global Nexus Policy Challenges
On the 9th and 10th November 2017 CECAN proudly hosted a two-day International Symposium at Barnett Hill in Surrey, UK. The event was part of the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science and brought together national and international academics, practitioners and policymakers involved in policy evaluation to explore how complexity approaches can and are being used to evaluate and reframe policies in the nexus.
The Symposium offered a unique opportunity for key figures in the international evaluation community to come together and share their expertise and experiences whilst highlighting some of the latest methodological insights, best practice, and evaluation approaches for addressing complex nexus issues.
Late last year, a new CECAN syllabus was put together, as a training module for policy analysts and evaluators.The syllabus outlines 10, two hour sessions, which can be incorporated into a broader post graduate programme.
In development studies, one wants an evaluation team to face up to the challenge of combining surveys with semi-structured interview data. In this seminar, Wendy explained and demonstrated how these linkages are made with concrete data about villages in Bangladesh and India. The problem is that complex data can overwhelm the interpreting team. The solutions offered by Wendy are methodologically sound.