CECAN Webinar: Evaluating Policy for Food Security – Before and After Implementation.

CECAN Webinar: Evaluating Policy for Food Security – Before and After Implementation.

Our warmest thanks go to Dr Martine Barons of Warwick University who kindly gave up her time on 4th May to give a webinar on evaluating policy for food security.
Household food security is a classic complex system.  Countries that are food secure when viewed at country-scale may nevertheless have considerable food security problems at household scale.  Furthermore, local government wishing to design policies to ameliorate food insecurity and poverty for its citizens may find that their administrative boundaries cut across social boundaries and the areas covered by agencies required to collaborate may be misaligned.
In order to provide decision support of local government, we have developed a method that networks together relevant data sources, models and expert opinions to evaluate candidate policies’ relative effectiveness before implementation.  The hard thinking required by stakeholders to fully populate this integrating decision support system and use it to compare and them select policies, can be leveraged to guide interim and end-

CECAN Seminar on Mixed Methods Evaluation, using QCA and NVIVO with Wendy Olsen

How evaluation in the SDG era can mislead, and what to do about it

We were delighted to welcome Wendy Olsen to give a CECAN seminar last week 'Mixed Methods Evaluation, using QCA and NVIVO'.

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.

CECAN Seminar with Zenda Ofir

How evaluation in the SDG era can mislead, and what to do about it

We were thrilled to welcome Zenda Ofir to give a CECAN seminar in February 'How evaluation in the SDG era can mislead, and what to do about it.'

Professionals in evaluation pay a lot of attention to how to evaluate. We are less thoughtful about exactly what to evaluate, why, and how we define ‘success’. Stakeholders’ interests and questions tend to determine what will be useful to focus on at a particular point in time. Or we use a predetermined set of criteria, usually the so-called DAC criteria - relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability - to direct and focus evaluations. Yet this widely accepted practice can prompt us to neglect important issues that should be on our agenda if we are serious about the role of evaluation in supporting sustainable development, and understanding whether we are on track to achieve the SDGs. Failure to focus our evaluations appropriately can lull us into dangerous complacency about accomplishment and success.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Call for Abstracts – RGS-IBG Conference 2018 on Geographical Landscapes

Call for Papers – RGS-IBG Conference 2018 on Geographical Landscapesn ConferenceDEADLINE EXTENDED TO 14TH FEB 2018

Session Title: Adaptive management and governance of the WEF Nexus
Convenors: Kirsty Blackstock, James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen; Pete Barbrook-Johnson, University of Surrey, Ian Christie, University of Surrey; Adam Hejnowicz, University of York.
Session Abstract: The concept of the Water-Energy-Food nexus has been in vogue since being identified as part of the ‘perfect storm’ of drivers on society by the UN in 2011. It has become a narrative to try to capture and explain the systemic nature of global wicked problems; and also to provide innovative solution to these wicked problems (Cairns and Krzywoszynska, 2016).
For some, it is an invitation to grapple with the persistence of complex socio-ecological challenges and offer a site for transformation in our relationship to the material landscapes. For others, it remains a technical challenge to be resolved through optimisation of resource use in any given landscape.