CECAN Case Study with BEIS: Contracts For Difference



CECAN Contracts for Difference Case Study – BEIS

Scrum Masters: Pete Barbrook Johnson

CECAN team members have been providing expert input in the current evaluation work being conducted by BEIS and contractors on the Contracts for Difference policy.

Operating as a ‘critical friend’ in this case study, this has involved attending presentations made by contractors to BEIS, and commenting on draft evaluation reports.

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CECAN Case Study with the Environment Agency: Enforcement on Waste Crime


CECAN Case Study: Enforcement on Waste Crime - Environment Agency

Scrum Master: Amy Proctor, Newcastle University

CECAN team members have been providing expert advice and guidance to members of the Environment Agency’s Evidence, Assessment and Evaluation team as they seek to understand the effectiveness of their waste crime enforcement activity and develop their evaluation in this area.

A scoping workshop held in November 2016 between the EA and CECAN evaluation practitioners Helen Wilkinson and Dione Hills highlighted QCA as one approach which could enable the EA to carry out a systematic assessment of the effectiveness of their interventions across a range of cases to understand critical success factors.

This led to a second workshop in April 2017 between the EA and CECAN experts in QCA David Byrne and Barbara Befani to develop an evaluation framework and practical methodology using QCA.

CECAN Case Study with DEFRA: Rural Development Programme for England


CECAN Rural Development Programme for England – DEFRA

Scrum Masters: Frances Rowe and Adam Hejnowicz

On 19th July CECAN held the first of two joint and linked workshops with DEFRA. The purpose of the first workshop was to develop a more complexity-sensitive understanding and approach to the evaluation of the current Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).

RDPE is a major policy instrument funded out of Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy, which seeks to promote environmentally sensitive land management, community development and rural business growth.

Workshop 1 incorporated the testing of the Evaluation Assessment Tool developed by Dr Barbara Befani and BOND  - the first time it has been used in a nexus policy setting.  The Tool helped policy makers and evaluators to better understand the appropriateness of various complexity-sensitive evaluation methods in relation to specific evaluation questions reflecting the complex nature of the policy.

CECAN PhD Researcher Attends CIED Summer School



CECAN PhD Researcher, Anna Kaxira, from the Policy Studies Institute at the University of Westminster, recently attend the CIED Summer School.

The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED)’s first ever Summer School on Accelerating Innovation to Reduce Energy Demand took place from 10-12 July 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton.

The Summer School provided 28 doctoral, postdoc and early career researchers with a unique opportunity to hear from leading thinkers in the fields of innovation and energy demand, to take part in collaborative learning and participatory activities, and to meet other research students and early career researchers from around the world. Anna presented the CECAN project at length which prompted a great deal of interest from attendees.

Joanna Boehnert Joins us as a CECAN Fellow

Joanna Boehnert

We are pleased to introduce a new member of the CECAN team. Joanna Boehnert joins us as a CECAN Fellow

CECAN Fellowship: The Visual Representation of Complex Systems: A Typology of Visual Codes for Systemic Relations

Mentors: Alex PennPete Barbrook-JohnsonMartha Bicket                     

This fellowship responds to a CECAN call for proposals on the visual representation of key features of complex systems. The practice-based research project will use systems oriented design and knowledge visualisation approaches to enable the identification, classification and design of visual codes to represent complexity.