CECAN Seminar: Policy Making Using Modelling in a Complex World

bruce edmonds

How do we use policy modelling in a complex world? Professor Bruce Edmonds explored this challenging question in CECAN's second seminar on 18th July, and the session is summed up here by CECAN's Knowledge Integrator, Dr Candice Howarth:

The very nature of complex systems means that they can be impossible to predict, particularly when they exist in the context of structural changes. As complex systems need to be managed in different ways, so do the models that are used in policy development to assess how to navigate the web of challenges that characterise these systems. A complex system is one that is difficult to model (and at times cannot be modelled) and hence processes that occur outside its defined scope, can overwhelm its results.

CECAN Welcomes New Research Fellow at Cranfield University

Cranfield Research Fellow CECAN

CECAN are pleased to welcome a new Research Fellow to the team, Tabassom Sedighi, who will be based at Cranfield University from the end of July.

Tabassom gained her BSc in Physics and undertook her MSc in Control Engineering (Coventry University, UK). Her primary research interests span in Physics, Control Engineering, mathematical modeling, adaptive controller design, nonlinear observer design, fault detection and isolation, error stability analysis, solving differential equations and Lyapunov equations, data analysis, risk analysis and predicting residual useful life.

She had her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Peter Foote and Prof. Ian Jennions at Cranfield University as part of the No Fault Found (NFF) project sponsored by EPSRC and BAE systems.

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.

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