CECAN Limited offers access to innovative policy evaluation approaches and methods to support decision makers. Our team have tried and tested experience of complexity modelling, working mainly across Nexus domains such as food, energy, water and the environment. With the CECAN Limited team you can use our experience of delivering pioneering work on the testing of ‘real-life’ case study projects with UK Government Departments and leading organisations.

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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.

Having worked across Government Departments with policy makers and analysts, based in the Department of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Environment Agency (EA), our team have a wealth of real-world policy experience combined with innovative research methods.

CECAN Ltd is pleased to be working with Defra to develop a Complexity Evaluation Framework that will equip Defra commissioners of evaluation with a checklist of core considerations to ensure that policy evaluations sufficiently consider the implications of complexity theory. A long-term CECAN partner, Defra is one of a number of organisations that has collaborated with CECAN Ltd to give further consideration to embedding complexity thinking into evaluation. Defra is seeking to ensure that evaluations adequately account for uncertain contexts, behaviours, intersectionalities and adaptions which may affect implementation of policies across its remit (which includes the environment, food, farming, fishing and rural affairs). The Complexity Evaluation Framework will provide an actionable toolkit for evaluation commissioners to deliver insights. This will lead to evaluations that both demonstrate the impact and value for money of new policies and also enable rapid feedback to allow for adaptive implementation of policy in changing and uncertain contexts.


Learn with us by attending one of our short courses.

  • Develop your knowledge in innovative methodologies
  • Benefit from Tutors who are active Consultants and World-leading Academics
  • Meet like minded people who are currently managing complex policy roles.
  • Bite-sized day courses to focus on skills and tools you can benefit from immediately


Nigel Gilbert

Nigel Gilbert

Corinna Elsenbroich

Corinna Elsenbroich

Company Secretary
Kelly Boazman

Kelly Boazman

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Kirstie Hatcher

Kirstie Hatcher



CECAN Ltd is the commercial arm of the ESRC funded Centre for Evaluating Complexity across the Nexus (CECAN) and all members of the team are members of CECAN. A unique coalition of academic experts and senior practitioners, CECAN has proven itself to be ideally positioned for bringing academic depth and breadth to the development and understanding of complexity appropriate evaluation, while maintaining a strong practitioner perspective to the work. Each member of the team has direct access to the vast expertise of the broader CECAN research group and its associated network.

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