Systems perspectives on policy development and evaluation


Price for SRA members £75. Price for non-members £95

Public policies are about changing systems, but conventional approaches to their evaluation have largely ignored this insight. This conference will explore these issues with a number of leading thinkers and practitioners of systems approaches to policy development and evaluation.  Speakers include Diane Finegood, Simon Fraser University, Canada, an expert in systems thinking to tackle complex problems, and Zenda Ofir, a vastly experienced evaluator.

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The event has been organised by the Policy Innovation Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with support from the SRA.

Confirmed speakers:

Diane Finegood, Simon Fraser University, Canada, whose research has ranged from basic clinical research on diabetes to health services research and population health research on obesity and chronic disease prevention.  Her current research interests include public-private partnerships and systems thinking to address complex problems.

Zenda Ofir, South African scientist and independent evaluator, whose assignments in nearly 40 countries – primarily Africa and Asia – have been for government, international NGOs, universities, science councils and foundations. She has advised international organisations and the Rockefeller Foundation’s evaluation office on evaluation policy or strategy.

Katie Boswell, Deputy Head of Funders within NPC’s research and consulting team. Katie has a particular interest in understanding and bringing about systems change. She co-authored NPC’s guide to high-impact campaigning, Shifting the dial and is currently working with Lankelly Chase Foundation on how theory of change can support systems change.

Samantha Hinks, Operational Research and Evaluation Unit, Analytical Services, NHS England. She is involved in evaluation of the New Care Models Programme in the English NHS which aims to generate whole system change.

Katrina Wyatt, Deputy Director for engaged research at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, and part of the Health Complexity Group in the University of Exeter Medical School. Her main research interests are in supporting healthful behaviours and reduce health inequalities, and evaluating complex system-based interventions.

Who should attend?

  • ● Policy advisers and officials interested in a broader perspective on policy development and evaluation.
  • ● Professional evaluators interested in different approaches to evaluation.
  • ● Academics with an interest in public policy and evaluation
  • ● Commentators on public policy issues.
  • ● Commissioners of evaluation.

There will be opportunities for audience questions after each presentation, and a panel session at the end.

Price: £95.00

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 4:30 pm

Date: June 26, 2018

British Library
British Library Knowledge Centre (previously Conference Centre)
96 Euston Road
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