The 31th NISPAcee Annual Conference

Conference 2023 Beograd, Serbia, May 25-27, 2023

Excellent conference. I really enjoyed the papers, speakers, schedule and location and great staff!

D.B., United States, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...relating to public administration and policy. Good opportunities for networking.

N.D., Georgia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

Excellent participants, argument-driven discussions, impartial and supportive Chairs in the Working Group.

D.G., Republic of North Macedonia, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague detail and I really enjoyed the supportive and encouraging atmosphere there. Thank you!

R.B., Lithuania, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...both in terms of academic quality and logistics, and also social events. It was a true joy.

E.Z., Bulgaria, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...The special programmes were really excellent and we took home many varied experiences.

P.N., Hungary, 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2019, Prague

...Sessions were interesting, scholars were engaging and all the social events were amazing!

B.K., Kazakhstan, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

Excellent organization, excellent food. Compliments to the organizers, they did a wonderful job!

V.J., Netherlands, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

...I must say that the PhD pre-conference seminar was the most useful seminar of my life. Very well...

K.V., Czech Republic, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

... I would even argue that they are the very best - both in terms of scientific content and also entertainment…

P.W., Denmark, 26th NISPAcee Annual Conference 2018, Iasi

An opportunity to learn from other researchers and other countries' experiences on certain topics.

G.A.C., Hungary, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Very well organised, excellent programme and fruitful discussions.

M.M.S., Slovakia, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

The NISPAcee conference remains a very interesting conference.

M.D.V., Netherlands, 25th Conference 2017, Kazan

Thank you for the opportunity to be there, and for the work of the organisers.

D.Z., Hungary, 24th Conference 2016, Zagreb

Well organized, as always. Excellent conference topic and paper selection.

M.S., Serbia, 23rd Conference 2015, Georgia

Perfect conference. Well organised. Very informative.

M.deV., Netherlands, 22nd Conference 2014, Hungary

Excellent conference. Congratulations!

S. C., United States, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

Thanks for organising the pre-conference activity. I benefited significantly!

R. U., Uzbekistan, 19th Conference, Varna 2011

Each information I got, was received perfectly in time!

L. S., Latvia, 21st Conference 2013, Serbia

The Conference was very academically fruitful!

M. K., Republic of Macedonia, 20th Conference 2012, Republic of Macedonia

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WG6: Evidence-Based Public Policy Making
WG coordinators:
  • Lesya Ilchenko-Syuyva, Kyiv-Mohyla School of Governance, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine,
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.

  • Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania,
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 two study programmes: Bachelor in Public Administration and Master in Regional Governance. Jaroslav Dvorak contributed to the preparation of the Inventory of the Public Administration profession for the Study Quality Assessment Centre in Lithuania. He was visiting researcher at Uppsala University (2017), Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Sweden and visiting professor at Bialystok Technical University (2017), Poland. Jaroslav Dvorak is involved in the editorial board of international scientific journals. He has more than 100 publications. Currently he is working with different projects on participatory budgeting in Baltic states. He is Klaipeda University representative at Klaipeda region development council.
  • Mihaela Victorita Carausan, National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania,
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.
Call for papers

WG Background and Rationale:
In recent years there has been a significant effort to improve decision making within the public sector by developing capacity in evidence-based policy making in general and policy analysis in particular in CEE, Central Asia and Caucasus countries.

The Working Group began 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 a large number of participants confirm the strong interest in evidence-based policy making and policy analysis in the region. 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. In addition, policy evaluation becomes essential to better understand why some policies work and others do not.

The goal of the WG – is to focus on discussions and debates around capacity challenges, professional, evidence-based public policy making in the countries embraced by NISPAcee, and not limited to the institutionalisation of public policy analysis procedures and concrete remedies for those challenges. Nowadays, solid and effective public health systems and evidence-based policies are vital for improving health outcomes. Moreover, the refugees’ crisis at the EU and Belarus borders increase the necessity to better use the evidence in decision-making.

For the 30th 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 focus on the impact of COVID-19 or refugees’ crisis on evidence-based public policy making. The WG is interested in papers which focus on those aspects and particularities of policy making, policy analysis or monitoring and evaluation of public policies experiences in a single country and/or region, either generally or in specific sectors.

The papers can address not only recommendations for further research, but also 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; background of the chosen issue; literature review; the objective of the study; research methodology; analysis; main findings and policy implications; ideas and recommendations for further research.

From participants of this working group full paper is required before the conference.
Deadline of full paper submission is 20th of May 2022.

You can find manuscript guidelines on THIS LINK.