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The Complexity Evaluation Framework v2 - LM04106

The Complexity Evaluation Framework (version 1) was published in January 2020. The purpose of the Complexity Evaluation Framework is to provide guidance to Defra commissioners of evaluation (which may include analysts and policy makers), with a checklist of core considerations to ensure that evaluations are robust and sufficiently consider the implications of complexity theory.

This version of the framework (version 2) includes refinements to the content and presentation to better support Defra commissioners of evaluation, based on evidence from an independent evaluation of the original framework.
The objective of this contract was to evaluate and gather learning on the implementation of the Complexity Evaluation Framework (version 1 - LM04107), to understand and reflect on the practical use of the framework and its content, and, if required, to deliver a revised version taking into account this learning. Key evaluation objectives:

1. To critically review the implementation of the Complexity Evaluation Framework, identify any learning and areas for development, and provide practical advice and material for improvement.

2. Based on the review, develop a revised version of the Complexity Evaluation Framework, if required, accompanied by user case studies (and any further resources), to support embedding use across Defra.

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Complexity Evaluation Framework v2   (2512k)
• FRP - Final Report : Evaluation of the Complexity Evaluation Framework   (839k)
• SUM - Summary Report : CEF A3 summary   (174k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2019

To: 2020

Cost: £31,523
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Steer Economic Development
Social Research