CECAN Newsletter February 2017
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CECAN :: transforming the practice of policy evaluation in the Nexus to make it fit for a complex world
Sustainability in Turbulent Times - 16th March 2017 - Central London

These are turbulent times in which to advance sustainable development. Join 350 professionals from academia, policy, business and civil society to explore how research, policy and business can meet these global challenges.

With a focus on the food-water-energy nexus, this one-day conference will bring together researchers, policy makers, business and civil society leaders to take stock and consider ways ahead.

Drawing on the activities, networks and findings of three flagship ESRC programmes: The Nexus Network; The Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), and The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), the conference will debate what interdisciplinary research can contribute to the future sustainability of a post-Brexit Britain and an uncertain world.

Find out more by visiting our website.


Missed our recent seminar with Professor James Wilsdon?
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CECAN CPD Course Series

CECAN is forming a community of practice across Nexus domains that helps shape our work and encourages co-learning. As part of our knowledge exchange activities we are running a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) short courses, taught by members of the team who are renowned for their expertise in specific policy evaluation methods:

15th & 16th February 2017
Evaluating Complex Interventions with Process Tracing and Bayesian Updating Dr Barbara Befani, University of Surrey

21st February 2017
Getting To Grips With Wicked Issues Using Exploratory Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)
Professor Dave Byrne, Durham University

Book a CPD Course
Welcome to Anna Kaxira!

Anna is the newest member of the CECAN Team. Based at the Policy Studies Institute she is working as one of our PhD Researchers, looking into the evaluation of complexity in Nexus based policy making.

Read more about Anna
If you aren't quite sure what CECAN is, this short animation will make things clearer!
New Fellowship Opportunity!
"Evaluating Complex Motives for Nature Conservation in a Growing Economy: Applications to Defra’s RDPE and Agri-Environment Case Studies"

This £10k Fellowship will support the work of CECAN in evaluating the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and will address the idea that the development and conservation policies associated with such programmes must take into account a wide range of stakeholders’ values and concerns if they are to be successful.

The Fellow will collaborate with CECAN researchers working on RDPE and related Agri-Environment case studies to develop a framework capable of capturing, analyzing and resolving the complexity associated with this type of large-scale and multi-stakeholder programme.

See our website to apply

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CECAN Seminar Series
Join us for these upcoming CECAN seminars at BEIS in Central London

23rd February 2017 "Addressing Complexity in Nexus Issues: A Case-Based Approach to Evaluation Research" - Professor Brian Castellani.

Drawing upon two recent studies – one on health trajectories and the other on grid reliability – Brian will demonstrate how evaluation researchers can use case-based complexity to more effectively model nexus issues across time/space.

3rd April 2017 "Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) :  A mixed method for exploring longitudinal patterns in social science data" - Professor Phil Haynes.

Dynamic Pattern Synthesis (DPS) is a new mixed method designed by Philip Haynes that seeks to maximise the advantages of Cluster Analysis and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) to search for dynamic patterns in data.

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