CECAN team members have been providing expert advice and guidance to members of the Environment Agency’s Evidence, Assessment and Evaluation team as they seek to understand the effectiveness of their waste crime enforcement activity and develop their evaluation in this area.
A scoping workshop held in November 2016 between the EA and CECAN evaluation practitioners Helen Wilkinson and Dione Hills highlighted QCA as one approach which could enable the EA to carry out a systematic assessment of the effectiveness of their interventions across a range of cases to understand critical success factors.
This led to a second workshop in April 2017 between the EA and CECAN experts in QCA David Byrne and Barbara Befani to develop an evaluation framework and practical methodology using QCA.
On 19th July CECAN held the first of two joint and linked workshops with DEFRA. The purpose of the first workshop was to develop a more complexity-sensitive understanding and approach to the evaluation of the current Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE).
RDPE is a major policy instrument funded out of Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy, which seeks to promote environmentally sensitive land management, community development and rural business growth.
Workshop 1 incorporated the testing of the Evaluation Assessment Tool developed by Dr Barbara Befani and BOND - the first time it has been used in a nexus policy setting.
CECAN PhD Researcher, Anna Kaxira, from the Policy Studies Institute at the University of Westminster, recently attend the CIED Summer School.
The Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED)’s first ever Summer School on Accelerating Innovation to Reduce Energy Demand took place from 10-12 July 2017 at the University of Sussex, Brighton.
The Summer School provided 28 doctoral, postdoc and early career researchers with a unique opportunity to hear from leading thinkers in the fields of innovation and energy demand, to take part in collaborative learning and participatory activities, and to meet other research students and early career researchers from around the world. Anna presented the CECAN project at length which prompted a great deal of interest from attendees.
This fellowship responds to a CECAN call for proposals on the visual representation of key features of complex systems. The practice-based research project will use systems oriented design and knowledge visualisation approaches to enable the identification, classification and design of visual codes to represent complexity.
Sustainability practitioners have long relied on the use of images to display relationships in complex adaptive systems on various scales and across different domains.
CECAN has launched a new fellowship opportunity: "Supporting take up of complexity sensitive evaluation approaches and methods for impact in Nexus fields."
Focus: The aim of this fellowship is to examine the factors that contribute to (or inhibit) the adoption of evaluation approaches and methods and consider what steps might be taken to maximise the take up and sustainability of the evaluation methods CECAN is currently developing.
Over the years the field of evaluation has incorporated research methods and approaches from a number of different academic disciplines.