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CECAN Syllabus CPD Workshop: Evaluation Fundamentals – Choosing Appropriate Methods and Assessing Overall Quality of Evaluations

CECAN Syllabus CPD Workshop: Evaluation Fundamentals – Choosing Appropriate Methods and Assessing Overall Quality of Evaluations

This course introduces participants to the fundamental aspects of the evaluation processes that precede and follow data collection, analysis, and report drafting; and that are relevant when drafting Invitations to Tender (ITT) or Terms of Reference (ToR), when evaluating proposals, and assessing the quality of intermediate and final evaluation products / reports.

Post-Brexit Policy: What’s the Deal?

Post-Brexit Policy: What’s the Deal?

CECAN researchers Dr Pete Barbrook-Johnson, Dr Amy Proctor and Dr Adam Hejnowicz presented at the British Science Festival in Hull on 12th September 2018.

CECAN Seminar: Applying Process Tracing Within a Realist Evaluation

CECAN Seminar: Applying Process Tracing Within a Realist Evaluation

This seminar, led by Adam Stiles, will examine the application of process tracing methods within a realist evaluation. The evaluation of the ‘Transitional Arrangements (TA) for Demand Side Response’ scheme was commissioned by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and has been led by CAG Consultants in partnership with Charles Michaelis (CECAN). 

FSA – Regulating Our Future

FSA – Regulating Our Future

Contact: Martha Bicket The Food Standards Agency and ‘Regulating Our Future’. The objectives of this case study were to support the Food Standards Agency (FSA) to define a Theory of Change (TOC) for Regulating our Future (ROF) and the know-how to update and use the...

BEIS Energy Innovation Programme

BEIS Energy Innovation Programme

On 25th April 2018, BEIS and CECAN held a workshop bringing together members of the CECAN team with analysis and policy leads in BEIS, responsible for this £505 million programme.  The workshop explored options for the development of an evaluation strategy for the programme; it is the first activity in the ongoing support CECAN will offer in this key policy area. The programme is made of many projects with diverse aims and contexts, and has key objectives around energy innovation, meaning there are many evaluation challenges.

BEIS and the Renewable Heat Incentive: Understanding Complex Applications

BEIS and the Renewable Heat Incentive: Understanding Complex Applications

The aim of the case study was to apply Participatory Systems Mapping to support the current evaluation, and specifically to understand the causal and stakeholder relationships underpinning applications to the RHI to install biomethane and biogas plants, and their outcomes. BEIS and CAG Consultants, the evaluation contractors, believed that the approach would be particularly useful in this context as biomethane and biogas plants typically operate within a wide network of actors, stakeholders and beneficiaries.

Workshop on Case Based Modelling

Workshop on Case Based Modelling

Brian Castellani, CECAN Fellow, recently ran a workshop at Warwick University along with Pete Barbrook-Johnson. They met with Tim Sunderland of Natural England and what Brian describes as a group of great people from DEFRA and Natural England! 

A Pluralistic Evaluation Framework

A Pluralistic Evaluation Framework

I wrote at the start of this year about my work on articulating values in evaluation.  This has crystallised into a pluralistic evaluation framework, which I will shortly be presenting to policymakers from Defra and other agencies (in London on 12 June and in York on 3 July).  This workshop is intended to offer fresh ideas and a simple template to assist at all stages of the policy cycle – from appraisal and impact assessment through to full evaluation.

The Visual Representation of Complexity

The Visual Representation of Complexity

CECAN Fellow Joanna Boehnert has recently published a poster associated with her funded fellowship project entitled, “The Visual Representation of Complexity.”

CECAN Hosts Systems Mapping Workshop at BEIS

CECAN Hosts Systems Mapping Workshop at BEIS

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).

The Defiance of Global Commitment

The Defiance of Global Commitment

The following interview was between Phil Haynes (Professor of Public Policy, Brighton University) and Brian Castellani (Professor of Sociology, Kent State University) regarding Professor Castellani’s latest book, The Defiance of Global Commitment: A Complex Social Psychology, which is part of the series he edits, complexity in social science at Routledge. 

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