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Meeting of the Working Group on Public Policy Analysis Development Issues

WG Programme Coordinators:
Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania
Mihaela Victoria Carausan, National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania

Place: 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Iasi, Romania
Date:  May 24-26, 2018

The Working Group on Public Policy Analysis Issues continues its work under the umbrella of the NISPAcee Annual Conferences. The WG received over 16 applications in the area of the main fields of interest of the WG (better regulation, monitoring and evaluation, performance indicators, policy capacity, local policy issues, strategic planning and programming). The following themes were more or less distinguished:

-    Evidence based policy development and policy making: what really works in practice.
-    Policy design and Implementation: from principal-agent to multi-level governance.
-    Evaluation: methods, techniques, tools, results and impact assessment.
-    Good implementation of national and local policies.

The WG remained a constructive, solid, learning forum for academics, policymakers and other stakeholders in exchanging experience on how academics can meet the urgent needs of public servants, civil society in practice, oriented evidence-based studies in preparing and promoting relevant policy advice as well as in upgrading academic and training programmes in public policy analysis.

In summary, 13 papers were selected and actually completed for presentation during the conference meetings in Iasi and these were the basis of separate sessions. This is the highest number of papers in the last five years’ existence of the working group (2014-2018). The number of sessions was limited to three sessions focused on:

-    Implementing Public Policy Analysis Procedures into Practice;
-    Regional and Sectoral Public Policy Making;
-    Involving Civil Society in Public Policy Making.

According to the results of the discussions, the WG decided to continue the work in a multi-disciplinary format, concentrating on public policy/evidence-based and strategic management issues. As coordinators of the WG, we think that the outcomes of the WG can be improved if we focus on
1. Strategic public policy making concepts and recipes for policy practice
2. Opportunities and limitations of methodology for public sector performance management, impact assessment on the public sector as a whole.
3. Sectoral policy initiatives in the field of governance and policy with a network role in the CEE region.
In 2018 evidence has shown that we can confidently state that more evidence-based papers will be coming to Prague, as we have seen that the papers delivered were less and less single country case studies and more often comparative and theoretically informed. We suggest that an updated format of the WG would help to find new directions and challenges in public policy and strategic management practice in the central and eastern European region. Co-authored papers written by academics and practitioners are highly encouraged for the next annual conference.
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