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CECAN Webinar with Mary Kane

CECAN Webinar with Mary Kane

CSI President Mary Kane is collaborating with the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) to present a webinar entitled, Co-creation of innovation: Group Concept Mapping to value and engage More Knowledgeable Others in authoring and valuing complex systems. CECAN has been transforming the practice of policy evaluation across the food, energy, water and environmental domains, to make it fit for a complex world. They have achieved this through pioneering, testing and promoting innovative policy evaluation approaches with UK Government departments.

The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday 24th September 2019, 14:00 – 15:00 BST / 09:00 – 10:00 EDT Visit CECAN’s website to register or for more information: This is a free and open webinar.

Webinar Overview: 

Participation in defining elements or issues within a system is a critical requirement in defining that system adequately. In many social policy spaces, hearing the voices of those who are affected, and who have a lived knowledge of the issues, is foundational. This is equally important in defining the elements of a complex system to anchor evaluation.

Valuing voice, an empowering extension of community-based participation, seeks and values the important input that each member of a group can provide, whether a teen at his computer or senior evaluator at a UN office. Group concept mapping (GCM) is the methodology that supports such engagement throughout the entire process that produces an innovation.

Simple rules apply in GCM to create and represent complexities among ideas and among people. Unlike traditional participatory modeling approaches in which the researcher organizes the participant-provided input, GCM seeks the voices of individuals with the requisite knowledge at three critical points: to 1) articulate the issues, 2) produce a unique individual sort of the combined issues and 3) individually input value or relevance of each issue, thus relying upon each participant to contribute “coding” of the set. The GCM technology, groupwisdom™ combines the resulting complex data from these simple tasks and produces multidimensional visualizations of every idea’s relationship to every other item, in both meaning and value to the desired outcome.

Learning Outcomes: Attendees will learn about

  • The foundations and applications of Group Concept Mapping;
  • The principles and relevance of MKO (More Knowledgeable Other);
  • Initiatives that are relevant to the mission of CECAN relative to policy innovation;
  • groupwisdom™, the web-based application for data collection and results analysis.

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