CECAN will be hosting a variety of events, workshops, courses and seminars to which we welcome external participants from Government, academic and public sectors.

If you would like to book on to any of our events please contact us early to avoid disappointment.

CECAN 1 Day Workshop: Enhancing Evaluation Impact in Complexity Settings



CECAN Workshop - Enhancing Evaluation Impact in Complexity Settings

5th September 2017 - Newcastle University London.

CECAN’s role is to help improve the effectiveness of evaluation in nexus settings. As well as exploring methodological innovations we need to understand the policy uptake and impact of evaluation. The use and influence of evaluation is inherently complex and contingent. This workshop will explore when and why do evaluations have impact and how can evaluation practice become more impactful in future.

Workshop aims:

1)      To share recent experience on successful evaluation impact in complex nexus policy areas

2)      To share expertise in maximising the impact of evaluation in these policy settings

3)      To generate practical recommendations for policymakers, analysts and evaluators

4)      To generate ideas for focussing future R&D in this area

5)      To produce a policy note on how evaluation practice can become more impactful in future

CECAN Webinar - Realist Methodology (part 3)


realist methodology


You are warmly invited to participate in the next CECAN Webinar with Justin Jagosh, Ph.D - Realist Methodology (Part 3)

Sept 6th, 2017, 4:00pm – 5:30pm (BST) 

This webinar is 3rd in a series on realist methodology hosted by Dr. Justin Jagosh for the Centre for Complexity across the Nexus (CECAN).

Working with Pawson and Tilley’s realist approach to evaluation brings the idea that the functioning of a programme can be determined from realist programme theories that sketch out its basic architecture. This becomes increasingly evident in the process of theory testing using the context-mechanism-outcome configuration in which we try to understand how resources, when placed in environments trigger responses to produce outcomes. In understanding how programmes work, we may arrive at questions about dosage (e.g., how many times should we expect the resource to be delivered before the desired response will be triggered?) and timelines of impact (e.g., what are reasonable estimations of time delay between the introduction of resources and the triggering of response?).

CECAN Seminar: "Understanding Health Policy in the Third Era through a Complex Systems Lens"

Health policy


CECAN Seminar - 12th September 2017 - Professor David Hunter, Durham University

BEIS, 1 Victoria Street, London 12.45pm - 2pm

"Understanding Health Policy in the Third Era Through a Complex Systems Lens"

Health policy is complex, arguably becoming more so.   What have been termed ‘wicked issues’ are a central feature of health policy where there are often no simple or single solutions, if any at all.  This is especially evident in regard to public health issues including obesity, alcohol and substance misuse, health inequalities.  

But health systems more generally are undergoing major transformation in response to changes in epidemiology, aging populations, lifestyle-related illnesses, multi-morbidities, and so on.  We have entered the third era of thinking about health policy which has introduced new challenges and complexities.

CECAN - funded and supported by the following organisations