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CECAN Event 'Policy Evaluation For A Complex World' 13th September

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CECAN's team were thrilled to host their official launch event at St Martin in the Fields Hall, London on September 13th. The event was introduced by Professor Jane Elliott (ESRC), closely followed by a keynote speech from Sir Mark Walport (GCSA), given to an extensive audience of Government policy analysts, academics, social researchers and business people.

An expert panel then discussed the question; "Is policy fit for a complex world?"

We were pleased to welcome Dr David Halpern (Behavioural Insights Team), Dame Margaret Hodge (MP), Dr Ulrike Hotopp (Simetrica) and Michael Kell (NAO), all wonderfully chaired by Dr Roger Highfield of The Science Museum.

The primary discussions were based around CECAN's mission of improving policy making for a complex world.

CEP Undertaking Meta-Evaluation of Past Policy Evaluations

CECAN CEP Project

As part of CEP’s role as a partner in CECAN (Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus), CEP is carrying out a meta-evaluation of a sample of the evaluation projects it has undertaken over the last 10 years. The review will seek to learn the lessons from past policy evaluations, and the value of different types of approaches and methods used for evaluating complexity. This extensive meta-evaluation of projects will support CECAN’s initial scoping stage and provide critical insights in understanding complexity and developing new ways to measure the effectiveness of policies across the ‘nexus’. CEP’s Dr Clare Twigger-Ross and Dr Bill Sheate are joint project leads.

Introducing Adam Hejnowicz - New Postdoc Researcher at University of York

CECAN researcher university of york

Introducing the newest member of the CECAN team based at The University of York - Adam Hejnowicz has joined as a CECAN postdoctoral researcher. He has kindly written a short biography:

My interests span ecology, greography, economics and social science in the context of environmental issues, nature-society relations and the science-policy interface.

Agent Based Modelling Course a Great Success

CECAN ABM Course

Professor Nigel Gilbert, Dr Lynne Hamill and Nicolas Payette delivered an intensive one day workshop in Agent Based Modelling, to a group of economists from UK Government on 3rd August. Delegates were impressed with the content of the course, and the speakers' knowledge and clarity of explanations. All were extremely pleased with the structure of the course and felt the day had been useful to their ongoing work in Government. 

"It was a great introduction and overview to ABM..."

"I very much liked the applied aspect of the training, seeing models explained, the code and meaning, playing around with them and asking questions..."

Nexus Shocks! Recruiting Research Fellow for Nexus Network funded study

Candice Howarth CECAN

Dr Candice Howarth from the University of Surrey has been awarded a Fellowship from the Nexus Network, to continue her work on Nexus Shocks. The Fellowship will explore in greater depth and build on the findings of the Nexus Shocks Network activities funded under a Nexus Network networking grant. The research will explore the extent to which nexus thinking could increase resilience to shocks to the nexus, and the role of social sciences and nexus thinking in informing these processes.

CECAN - funded and supported by the following organisations