Evidence-Based Public Policy Making

The Working Group started in 2008 as a Panel Session on Policy Analysis Issues and became an annual Working Group based on the increased demand. The wide variety of papers and many participants confirm the strong interest in the region's evidence-based policy-making and policy analysis. Thus, the WG continues to support the scientific development of new ideas in public policies and encourages experience and knowledge exchange on how academics can meet the urgent needs of public servants and civil society.

Important information

From participants of this working group full paper is required before the conference.


Deadline of presenters registration (obligatory for all Paper Presenters, Coordinators and Chairs)
*05/05/2024 - Late registration (available for all participants without: Paper Presenters, Coordinators and Chairs)


Deadline of full paper submission

   Register for 32nd NISPAcee Annual Conference 2024

Call for papers

WG Background and Rationale

The topic of post-conflict reconstruction is particularly relevant in the field of evidence-based policy issues because decision-makers need high-quality, timely evidence and data that will help ensure the population's well-being, in the short-term and long-term. It is natural that to achieve such a goal, public administration must develop learning capacity in evidence-based policy-making in general and policy analysis in particular in CEE, Central Asia and Caucasus countries.

The goal of the WG

is to focus on discussions and debates around capacity challenges, professional, evidence-based public policy-making, policy advocacy and communication in the countries embraced by NISPAcee, and not limited to institutionalising public policy analysis procedures and concrete remedies for those challenges. In today's uncertain situation, public administration faces a huge need to know that approved interventions work and bring the intended results in climate change mitigation, sustainability, more comprehensive digitalisation, high-level education and people-powered government.

For the 32nd Annual NISPAcee Conference, the WG on EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC POLICY-MAKING welcomes theoretical, empirical or comparative research papers of academics and practitioners on the need for more adaptive, anticipatory, inclusive and sustainable policies. We encourage potential authors to centre their research on different collaborative decision-making processes,  post-conflict reconstruction policies and measures for conflict prevention, e.g. the minorities' inclusions, equal access to natural resources, and intergenerational connections in the digital world, and the like. The WG is interested in papers focusing on those aspects and particularities of policy-making, policy analysis or monitoring and evaluation of public policy experiences in a single country and/or region, either generally or in specific sectors.

The papers can address recommendations for further research and real-world points for practitioners. In this respect, collaborative papers between researchers/academics and practitioners are highly welcomed.

All papers shall include, at least, but not limited to, the following sections: introduction; 

  • introduction; background of the chosen issue
  • literature review
  • the study's objective
  • research methodology
  • analysis
  • main findings and policy implications
  • ideas and recommendations for further research


Jaroslav Dvorak

Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, Jaroslav.dvorak@ku.lt

Dr. Jaroslav Dvorak is Head of the Department of Public Administration and Political Sciences and has longstanding research experience in evidence-based public policy making. He has also prepared and published scientific publications on these subjects. Jaroslav Dvorak is the coordinator of the three study programmes: Bachelor in Public Administration, Master in Regional Governance, Master in National Security Studies. Jaroslav Dvorak contributed to the preparation of the Inventory of the Public Administration profession for the Study Quality Assessment Centre in Lithuania. 

He is visiting assoc. professor at University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Jaroslav Dvorak is involved in the editorial board of international scientific journals. Some recent publications can be found in such books: City Diplomacy (2020) Palgrave Macmillan Series in Global Public Diplomacy; The Routledge Handbook of Nonprofit Communication. He is chair of NGOs council at Klaipeda city municipality and member of the research board at People Powered.

Mihaela Victorita Carausan

National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania, mihaela.carausan@administratiepublica.eu

Mihaela V. Cărăuşan held positions in the government; in the nongovernmental sector; and in academia. Presently, she is Vicedean at the Faculty of Public Administration, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration and Executive Director at the Association Centre of Academic Excellence.

Her professional development includes trainings followed at the Centre International de Formation Européenne from Nice, France (1998), Venice Commission – Council of Europe (2001 and 2007), the Romanian Institute of Diplomacy (2010) and Complutense University of Madrid (2013).

Carausan has published widely in the areas of administrative law, street-level bureaucracy, regulatory impact assessment, citizens’ participation and public integrity. Her recent research has focused on monitoring and evaluation of public procurement, and she authored more than 50 articles and books in the areas of interests. She collaborates with different journals as member of the scientific committees or as reviewer. Dr. Carausan received her PhD from the University of Craiova in European Union law and her Master’s from the University "NicolaeTitulescu”. She coordinated different Romanian and European research and educational projects, and she is a member of the American Society of Public Administration, American Evaluation Association and European Law Institute.

Lesya Ilchenko-Syuyva

Kyiv-Mohyla School of Governance, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine, lesya.ilchenko@gmail.com

Associate Professor, Kyiv-Mohyla School of Governance, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine. Lesya worked for the Economic Policy Department, National Academy of Public Administration, Office of the President of Ukraine for more than 20 years. She worked as an adviser in policy analysis and financial policy for various technical assistance projects provided by USAID, CIDA, and UNDP and participated in training projects provided by Wales University, World Bank etc. in CEE and Balkan countries. 

She has wide experience in designing and delivering training courses for multi-ethnic groups. She has more than 100 publications which include monographs, articles, and research and policy papers.

Information for Paper holders 

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