6 July 2022

Online via Zoom, 13:00 - 14:00 BST

WEBINAR – Evaluation Guidance – What makes the difference ?

Prof Laurence Moore, University of Glasgow, will share thoughts on the New Medical Research Council Framework.  Dr Helen Wilkinson and Dr Martha Beckett will comment from perspective of Magenta Guidance.

There is a lot of evaluation guidance available – some general; some linked to specific sectors, some to specific methods, and some linked to institutions.  Some are more accessible than others.  For many practitioners guidance is a key interface with evaluation good practice.  So what makes the difference?  What sorts of issues do you need to bear in mind to make guidance useful?  How do you know the guidance is useful, influential indeed effective?

We are delighted to welcome Professor Laurence Moore from the Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, to discuss in this light, the recently revised Medical Research Council guidance : A new framework for developing and evaluating complex interventions.  Dr Helen Wilkinson and Martha Bicket who worked on the supplementary guidance: Handling Complexity in Policy Evaluation, for the UK Government Magenta Book revision 2020 will provide initial comments in light of their experience, before opening to wider discussion with the participants.

The full version of the MRC Framework was published by the NIHR https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hta/hta25570/#/abstract while a short paper summarising the new framework was published in the British Medical Journal https://www.bmj.com/content/374/bmj.n2061.

Professor Laurence Moore is a social geographer by background and has led interdisciplinary teams on the evaluation of both researcher led and government led public health interventions and policies for 30 years.  He was founding Director of the DECIPHer research centre in Cardiff and has been Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow, since 2013.  Laurence has substantial experience of numerous funding board, principally for the NIHR and UKRI MRC.

Helen Wilkinson is a Director of Risk Solutions and has worked for a wide range of public sector clients on evaluation and policy support, including Defra, BEIS, HSE and DfT.  She is a member of the Executive Group of CECAN and was a co-author, with Martha Bicket and other CECAN members, of the Magenta Book Supplementary Guide on Handling Complexity in Policy Evaluation and Defra’s Complexity Evaluation framework.

Martha Bicket is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Surrey and a member of CECAN specialising in sustainability policy and the management and evaluation of complex systems.  Martha led the development of the Complexity Evaluation Framework for Defra and, along with Helen Wilkinson and others, is one of the authors of HM Treasury’s Magenta Book Supplementary Guide on Handling Complexity in Policy Evaluation.


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