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’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.
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
11th July 2017, BEIS, 1 Victoria St, London 12.45-2pm
Harry Walton, Economist the Environment Agency, and Helen Wilkinson, Director, Risk Solutions
The ‘theory of change’ evaluation strategy (described in the Magenta book) was developed to help tackle evaluation of complex multi-level, multi-intervention initiatives.
Elements of theory of change mapping are now widely used to both plan and evaluate new initiatives. However, the approach has been criticized for being too ‘linear’ to effectively reflect the complexity inherent in many programmes or situations.
Dependency modelling provides one way of meeting this challenge.