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Designing and Assessing the Logic of Intervention in Policymaking and Implementation

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Ex Ante Impact Assessments in the Context of Better Regulation: Where Are we Heading?

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Ex Ante Impact Assessments in the Context of Better Regulation

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Performance Audit Degli Investimenti Co-Finanziati Dal Budget UE

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Leadership, Culture and Change Management

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CAF 2020 and its Relationship with other Management and Quality Tools

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Monitoring, Indicators and Evaluation Plans for EU Cohesion Policy Programmes, 2021-2027

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A Practical Guide to the Infringement Procedure

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Internal, External and Performance Audit of the EU-Funded Programmes and Projects: 2021–2027

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Nations in Transit 2022: From Democratic Decline to Authoritarian Aggression

SIGMA Monitoring Reports Western Balkans 2021

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CEPAR new issue Vol 19 No2 (2021)

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CALL FOR PAPERS Special issue – Journal Public Policy & Administration

UN DESA / DPIDG and UNPOG 2020-2021 Report of Capacity Development Workshops

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SIGMA/OECD Monitoring reports 2021 reviewing trends in Western Balkan

World Public Sector Report 2021

NISPAcee Best Graduate Student Paper Award

1. Aim
The purpose of the Best Graduate Student Paper Award competition is to recognise a graduate student who demonstrates the ability to produce a high quality research paper presented during the NISPAcee Annual Conference.
2. Description of the Award
The award for the Best Graduate Student Paper was first announced in 2005, during the 13th NISPAcee Annual Conference. The winner is presented with a certificate and the paper is published in a NISPAcee publication.
3. Eligibility Criteria
In order to be eligible for the competition, a conference participant should meet the following criteria:
•    be enrolled in a graduate or postgraduate degree programme,
•    be from the NISPAcee region; the paper should also be focused on the NISPAcee region,
•    the paper abstract must be accepted by one of the annual NISPAcee conference’s working groups or working sessions,
•    be registered for the NISPAcee conference,
•    present the accepted paper at the NISPAcee conference,
•    submit the full paper prior to the NISPAcee conference within the official conference deadline for submission of full papers.

Papers written in co-authorship with other graduate students are allowed, providing they meet the eligibility criteria. In this case, it is also necessary to submit a confirmation regarding the co-author status.

Papers written in co-authorship with graduated co-author(s) are not eligible.
4. Submission Process
In order to participate in the competition, a student must indicate her/his interest in the application, with a paper proposal for the upcoming NISPAcee conference and complete in the NISPAcee database and application module, the following data:
1.    First and last name.
2.    Title of the paper.
3.    Institutional affiliation.
4.    Degree programme.
5.    CV.
6.    In addition, the applicant must submit to the NISPAcee Headquarters, confirmation regarding her/his study, issued by the relevant university. The letter should also include an e-mail address and phone number for the academic adviser or department head.
The deadline for submitting the application is the same as the official deadline for the submission of papers for the conference. The paper should be uploaded to the NISPAcee website as a regular conference paper; members of the Selection Committee will identify it based on the application.
5. Award Committee
The NISPAcee Steering Committee appoints members and a Chairperson for the Best Graduate Student Paper Award Selection Committee.
6. Criteria for Selection
In selecting the best graduate student paper, the Selection Committee members will use the following criteria:
•    the paper addresses an important public sector issue;
•    good research design;
•    quality and significance of the research;
•    high-quality data collection methods and analysis where appropriate;
•    originality, clarity and sophistication of argument;
•    overall professional organisation of the paper (style, footnotes, bibliography).
The Selection Committee, at its discretion, may establish other criteria.
7. Announcement of Award
The winner of the Best Graduate Student Paper Award is announced during the Closing Session of the NISPAcee annual conference.


AWARD 2021
Steven Nõmmik, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia for his paper: Cross-organisational collaboration management of digital innovation in the public sector – the case of the Estonian Employment Register
AWARD 2019  
Ms. Alexandra Columban, Babes-Bolyai University, Department of Public Administration and Management, Romania
Paper: From Silent Witness to Vocal Advocate. The Role of Civil Society Organisations in Promoting Gender Equality and Combatting Violence Against Women and Girls in Post-2010 Romania

AWARD 2018
Mr. Moldovan Octavian, Department of Public Administration and Management, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Paper: The Development Regions of Romania and Local Revenue Collection Levels between 2008 and 2011


AWARD 2017

Ms. Evgeniia Kutergina, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Paper: Computer-Based Simulation Games in Public Administration Education 

AWARD 2016
Ms. Urša Jeretina, Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Paper: Administrative Aspect of Consumer Alternative Dispute Resolution in the EU, Slovenia and Croatia

AWARD 2015

Mr. Tarmo Puolokainen and Mrs. Annika Jaansoo, PhD students at Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Paper „Possibilities of providing public services threough outsourcing in small peripheral areas: The case of Estonian Rescue Services".

AWARD 2014
Ms. Palina Prysmakova, PhD student at Florida International University, Miami, USA

Paper: Chinese Loans for Infrastructure Projects in Developing Countries: The Connection between Short-Term Payoffs to the Chinese Local Governments and Long-Term Obligations of the Belarusian Nation

AWARD 2013
Ms. Palina Prysmakova, PhD student at Florida International University, Miami, USA
Paper: Public Service Motivation in Europe: Testing Attitudes toward Work Motives
AWARD 2012
Mr. Ionut-Bogdan Berceanu, Romania, PhD student at National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania
Paper: Reforming Governments in Emerging Administrations. Case study: South-Eastern Europe


AWARD 2011
Ms. Simona Sora, Romania, PhD student at Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania 
Paper: Training diplomats in the 21st century a comparative EU perspective
AWARD 2010
Ms. Dana Mihaela Murgescu, Romania, PhD student at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania
Paper: The Influence of the Global Economic Crisis on Regional Differences in Romania

AWARD 2009
Mr. Catalin Daniel Dumitrica, Romania, PhD student at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania
Paper: Building a Metropolitan Area Model for the Romanian Administrative Space
AWARD 2008
Ms. Astghik Mavisakalyan, Armenia, PhD student at the University of Sydney, Australia
Paper: Development priorities in an emerging decentralized economy: The case of Armenia local development programs

AWARD 2007
Ms. Maria Keris, PhD student at the Tallin University, Estonia
Paper: Minister’s advisors interfacing at the "summit”: The case of Estonia
AWARD 2006
Ms. Maria Keris, PhD student at the Tallin University, Estonia
Paper: The role patterns of minister’s personal advisors in politico-administrative dichotomy. Comparative case study of two Estonian ministries.
AWARD 2005
Ms. Krisztina Toth, PhD student at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Paper: The Impact of Legislature and Citizens on the Budgeting Process in Switzerland: Lessons for Central and Eastern Europe
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