Published: 17 February 2017

Informing public policy design

Contributing to the design of public policy is challenging and assessing the success of such policies can be extremely difficult. The new Centre for Evaluation of Complexity across the Nexus (CECAN) aims to develop a culture of evidence-based decision-making and cross-fertilise knowledge and best practice between Government, the private sector and academia.

CECAN has built a network of policymakers, practitioners and researchers and with partners including the Food Standards Agency and DEFRA, it is well placed to connect with external bodies and decision agencies. Nigel Gilbert, Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey and Director of CECAN, hopes the Centre will have:

A substantial impact on how public policies are formulated, monitored and evaluated.

Embracing an open research culture of knowledge exchange, CECAN’s aim is not to affect single, specific policies within the energy, water, environment and food nexus but the process in which policies are informed and designed. The project intends to equip decision makers and civil servants with the skills and expertise they need to develop and implement policy, using up-to-date tools and techniques, with a clear understanding of what works in practice.

For news, events and the Policy & Practice Note Series, please visit the project website or follow @cecanexus on Twitter. 

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