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CECAN Seminar - Revaluation: Measuring Paradigm Shift

revaluation seminar

23rd June will go down in history as a very difficult day in Westminster - Brexit Day. Nonetheless, Andrew Darnton and Andrew Harrison boldly produced an engaging and thought provoking complexity seminar in Whitehall and we thank them wholeheartedly for a superb event. The seminar topic was 'Revaluation: Measuring Paradigm Shift'. 'Revaluation', a new innovative method for measuring change in complex systems, was presented and discussed. Revaluation comes out of a year's work evaluating 'bottom-up' change within the NHS. It is an approach based on participative methods, in which evaluators and evaluated are equal actors in a system of measurement, designed to reveal the ‘full value’ of the change intervention or movement.  Since its evolution in the ‘messy’ system of the NHS, Revaluation has been applied to the challenge of tackling biodiversity, and to repositioning the public arts. Notes from this seminar are listed below.

CECAN Launches Fellowship Scheme

cecan fellowship scheme

CECAN are pleased to have launched their Fellowship Scheme, designed to enable academics, evaluators, policymakers and evidence analysts to spend time within CECAN’s research teams. Fellowships may last for up to six months full-time (or longer if part-time, for example, one day a week for a year) and will be individually tailored to the circumstances of the Fellow and the work they will be doing. The Fellowship scheme provides opportunities for those from government and industry to forge useful and lasting connections with researchers and for CECAN’s work to be informed by and linked closely to practical evaluation.

If scientists want to influence policymaking, they need to understand it

science of using science

A major new report on The Science of Using Science: Researching the Use of Research Evidence in Decision-Making suggested that there is very limited evidence of “what works” to turn scientific evidence into policy. There are many publications out there on how to influence policy, but few are proven to work. Scientists tend to assume that there is one arena in which policymakers and scientists might engage. But the action takes place in many venues at many levels involving many types of policymaker. By Paul Cairney & Kathryn Oliver for The Guardian.

Ministers back down on rule 'gagging' scientists

ministers back down on gagging scientists

Ministers have exempted thousands of scientists from a controversial “gagging clause” that would have prevented the academics from trying to influence government on public policy matters. The ban, which comes into effect on 1 May, threatened to silence academics and exclude them from public debates as diverse as energy, climate change and transport policies. Review this article from Ian Sample for The Guardian

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