CECAN Seminar - 11th May 2017 - Jan Kwakkel
BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET 12.45pm - 2pm
CECAN Seminar - 14th June 2017 - Clare Twigger-Ross and Owen White - Collingwood Environmental Planning
BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London 12.45pm - 2pm
Numerous evaluations of natural environment policy and practice are commissioned by the UK and EU government in order to inform, develop and improve. Typically these evaluations are dealing with complex “wicked issues” where that which is being evaluated is likely to have impacts that can’t be easily measured within the time frame of the evaluation; difficulty in unpacking causality and to be operating in less than perfect policy cycles.
When: – Friday 7th July 2017 (1 day)
Location: – University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
Purpose: The complex socio-technical arenas (nexus issues) that government seeks to improve (e.g., health, food, water, safety, infrastructure) are not driven by a single factor or consequence. Instead, they are driven by multiple factors at multiple levels, which lead to different trends or outcomes for different areas/groups of people.
The challenge is how to model such diversity and complexity? The complexity sciences, data mining and big-data offer some useful solutions. The challenge, however, is stitching these methodological solutions together into a user-friendly platform and APP, which policy makers, social scientists, evaluation commissioners and civil servants can use – hence our creation of COMPLEX-IT and the SACS TOOLKIT.