Using complexity theory in policy work: more than a model but less than a revolution Event as iCalendar

(School of Social Sciences)

22 April 2016

3 - 4pm

Venue: Room 104, Fale Pasifika Complex (273-104)

Contact info: Dr Barry Milne

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Website: COMPASS

Dr Mat Walton, School of Public Health, Massey University

What does the application of complexity theory mean for policy analysis and evaluation? A whole new paradigm with radical implications for methodology, or some interesting techniques within the evolution of policy work?  Drawing upon recently completed research projects looking at the application of complexity theory within policy analysis and evaluation, this presentation will consider the implications of a complexity paradigm for programme design, governance and evaluation.  It will argue that there are many opportunities for complexity to influence policy work, yet the most radical applications will come when complexity is coupled with other, sometimes older, approaches.
Mat Walton is a senior lecturer in the School of Public Health, Massey University.  Mat conducts research within the field of public health policy, with particular focus on the application of complexity theory to policy analysis, intervention design and evaluation.  Prior to undertaking a PhD at the University of Otago, Mat worked as a policy analyst within both central and local government.

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