CECAN Fellowship: How To Better The Evaluation of Complex Systems to Improve Policymaking - Learning from Evaluating DEFRA's Reward & Recognition Fund (RRF).
Fellow: Sara Giorgi, Brook Lyndhurst & Independent Researcher
Mentors: Ben Fagan-Watson, Ben Shaw, Candice Howarth
DEFRA’s RRF (evaluation report) tested multiple, diverse schemes in a complex macro system, with 31 schemes addressing a wide variety of challenges, behaviors, audiences, stakeholders, outputs and outcomes in the energy-environment-food nexus, with an overarching evaluation. The focus was on food waste, recycling & reuse, waste prevention, and the circular economy. The 31 pioneering schemes also operated in a complex micro context as they implemented a variety of schemes that variously assessed impact over long time periods, operated in open, unbounded system with multiple overlapping policy initiatives and substantial background ‘noise’.