CECAN Newsletter Autumn 2016
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CECAN :: transforming the practice of policy evaluation in the Nexus to make it fit for a complex world
Policy Evaluation For A Complex World
CECAN hosted its official launch event at St Martin in the Fields Hall, London on September 13th. "Policy Evaluation For A Complex World" was introduced by Professor Jane Elliott (ESRC), closely followed by a keynote speech from Sir Mark Walport (GCSA), given to an extensive audience of Government policy analysts, academics, social researchers and business people. An expert panel then discussed the question: "Is policy fit for a complex world?". View the event in full here.
Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus
Progress So Far...
CECAN, a £3m ESRC National Research Centre hosted by the University of Surrey, has been creating impact in a variety of ways over the first 8 months, working towards the shared goal of improving Nexus based policies for future generations.

Since the project began in March, the CECAN team have been: working with co-funders to explore 'real world' case study evaluation projects to pursue, delivering a monthly seminar series in Westminster to share knowledge and expertise on a range of subjects, hosting a launch event to debate whether UK policy is fit for a complex world, setting up a fellowship scheme for individuals to work alongside the Centre, recruiting PhD students and research associates across the UK on innovative research, hosting practical workshops on complexity and evaluation, publishing policy and practice notes, compiling a blog and much more!
CECAN Fellowship Scheme
CECAN has established a Fellowship Scheme enabling academics, evaluators, policymakers and evidence analysts to spend time within CECAN’s research teams. The initial cohort of Fellowship projects are listed below:
We have developed a blog on our website with contributions from CECAN partners, co-funders and external experts. Recent topics include:
CECAN Complexity Workshop

September saw CECAN host its first 2 day residential workshop on 'Complexity in Evaluation.' We were priviledged to be joined by a variety of experts and practitioners from Government departments, consultancies, and academia.

The outputs of this intensive session have shaped CECAN's ongoing agenda for 2017.

Future Workshops for 2017

- Impact for Evaluation
- Internationalisation
Watch Professor Peter Davis, of the University of Auckland give his recent seminar on Micro-Simulation
New Faces in CECAN!

Frances Rowe - Newcastle University
Tabassom Sedighi - Cranfield University
Adam Hejnowicz - York University
Katya Brooks - University of Surrey

Read more about our team
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CECAN Policy & Practice Note Series
CECAN has launched a Policy and Practice Note Series, with e-versions available to download. These publications are iterative and a programme of further work is being undertaken for launch in 2017:
If you aren't quite sure what CECAN is, this short animation will make things clearer!
CECAN Seminar - Last Few Tickets!!
"Complexity, Power and Evidence in the UK Healthcare Sector", Professor Trish Greenhalgh, 11th November
CECAN Seminar Series

CECAN has been delivering a monthly lunchime seminar series in Westminster, kindly hosted by our co-funder partners at the FSA and BEIS. These seminars are an opportunity for those working within Government departments and academia to benefit from the shared experiences of some well reknowned professionals working in the areas of policy evaluation, policy analysis and social science.

Here is a reminder of the excellent speakers we've had so far.

Click on the links to read seminar summaries and download slides.

Professor Peter Davis, University of Auckland - "Policy Evaluation Using Micro-Simulation"

Professor Bruce Edmonds, Manchester Metropolitan University - "Policy Making Using Modelling in a Complex World"

Andrew Darnton, AD Research & Analysis - "Revaluation: Measuring Paradigm Shift"

Seminars for 2017
25th January - Professor James Wilsdon, "What works at the Nexus? Evidence, policy and the prospects for transdisciplinary research"

23rd February - Professor Brian Castellani, "Addressing Complexity in Nexus Issues"

3rd April - Professor Phil Haynes, "Understanding Complexity as Dynamic and Evolving Patterns - the Method of Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS)"
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CECAN - Capacity Building

One of the Centre's objectives is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise held within the CECAN team to leaders and professionals working in the policy evaluation sphere. We have so far delivered two 'Agent Based Modelling' (ABM) courses at the University of Surrey and the following courses are planned:
  • 2 Day Course in Bayesian Methods - Dr Barbara Befani, 15-16th February 2017
  • 1 Day Course in Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), Prof David Byrne, 20th February 2017 (tbc)
If you are interested in either of these courses please contact the CECAN Centre Managers
CECAN - funded and supported by the following organisations:
CECAN Co Funders

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