CECAN Events Archive

CECAN Webinar - Realist Methodology for Complexity-Mindful Evaluations in the Food, Energy, Water and Climate Sectors

You are warmly invited to participate in a CECAN Webinar with Justin Jagosh (PhD) from the University of Liverpool.  Justin Jagosh

"Realist Methodology for Complexity-Mindful Evaluations in the Food, Energy, Water and Climate Sectors".

 14th March 2017 - 16.00 pm


Many approaches to addressing complexity in evaluation design are burgeoning. In part this is in response to the inadequacy of 'complexity-thin' approaches to supporting solutions to entrenched and evolving problems. A second factor is witnessing new complex problems emerging with radical changes in society and sectors. In this context, the realist paradigm serves as a guide to expand complexity-mindedness, which presumably translates into more useful and relevant knowledge products, and a community of realist evaluation specialists dedicated to developing a lens on 'context-mechanism' interactions. This webinar will introduce realist methodological principles, and explain how realism can increase our complexity-mindedness and capacity to gain causal insight.  


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

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