The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN)

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The Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), a £3m research centre hosted by the University of Surrey, is transforming the practice of policy evaluation in Nexus areas, to make it fit for a complex world.

CECAN is pioneering, testing and promoting innovative policy evaluation approaches and methods across Nexus domains such as food, energy, water and the environment, through a series of ‘real-life’ case study projects with co-funders (ESRCNERCDEFRABEISFSA and EA).

CECAN has been delivering a programme of evaluation methods workshops, training courses in evaluation tools and specialist seminars delivered by international experts, to encourage knowledge sharing and capacity building amongst those working in UK policy making.



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CECAN is producing a variety of resources available for download from this page. They are all available under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 licence.


CECAN’s Updated Manifesto, April 2018 Version 2.0

CECAN Syllabus

CECAN Managing Conflicts of Interest

CECAN Toolkits


CECAN has launched a Policy and Practice Note Series, with e-versions available to download.

CECAN Project Reports

CECAN Annual Conference 2018 – Policy Evaluation for a Complex World



CECAN E-Newsletter Archive

Other Resources