CECAN Events Archive

Getting To Grips With Wicked Issues Using Exploratory Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA)

short course

When – Tuesday 21st February 2017  Location – University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Intended audience? – Anyone who confronts ‘wicked issues’ in their work so that includes policy makers, practitioners, consultants and academic researchers who engage with messy and complex reality.

What level of prior knowledge of subject required? – None in technical terms but an understanding of the implications of the term ‘wicked issues’ would help – look it up on Wikipedia. See also the Wikipedia entry on Problem Structuring Methods because Exploratory QCA can be used as a basis for that kind of approach.

At the end of this course you should be able to...

  • Understand the value of systematic comparison as a way of exploring multiple and complex causation.

  • Be able to start using binary QCA as a mode of exploration of appropriate information / data.

  • Know the character of the various forms of QCA and be able to assess their value to you in confronting problems in causation and evaluation.

Bio of Tutor / Prof David Byrne

CECAN Short Course - Evaluating Complex Interventions with Process Tracing & Bayesian Updating

short course

Evaluating Complex Interventions with Process Tracing and Bayesian Updating

When – Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th February 2017 (2 days) Location – University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Intended audience? The course is aimed at anyone who wants to gain an in-depth understanding of what Process Tracing and Bayesian updating are and how they work in practice to enhance our knowledge of how and why an intervention contributed to a certain outcome. Policy makers and evaluation commissioners might be more interested in the methods’ requirements, quality assurance standards and in learning what to expect from the process, while consultants and evaluators who will apply the method might be more interested in the practical aspects and tools. The course is for both.

"Improving Environmental Evidence: Barriers and Facilitators of Evaluation Capacity at the US Environmental Protection Agency"

CECAN Webinar

Date: January 9th 1pm-2pm UK time including Q&A.

Speaker: Dr Nick Hart, George Washington University

Title: Improving Environmental Evidence:  Barriers and Facilitators of Evaluation Capacity at the USEPA

Seminar Details:

In this webinar, Nick will discuss recent research on policy evaluation and the use of environmental evidence within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

Since the inception of the USEPA, considerable emphasis has been placed on the use of policy analysis tools that aim to prospectively inform environmental policy decisions, including cost-benefit analysis and risk assessment used for regulatory actions.  However, compared to the amount of such ex ante analysis conducted at the USEPA before a decision is reached, relatively little evaluation of these same environmental policies is produced after implementation to inform future policy development or to modify existing policies. 

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