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News: Working Group on Evidence-Based Public Policy Making


Calls for papers for WG6

WG Programme Coordinators:

Lesya Ilchenko-Syuyva, National Academy of Public Administration, Office of the President of Ukraine, Kiev, Ukraine

Jaroslav Dvorak, Klaipeda University, Klaipeda, Lithuania

Mihaela Victoria Carausan, National School of Political Sciences and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania


Place: 27th NISPAcee Annual Conference, Prague, Czech Republic
Date:  May 24-26, 2019

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. However, these efforts are still in their early stages in many countries, and heavily reliant on donor assistance. There continues to be issues, both on the demand side (how much governments genuinely want evidence-based policy advice), and on the supply side (e.g., skilled policy analysts, teaching institutions, think tanks). 

The Working Group began in 2008 as a Panel Session on Policy Analysis Issues and, due to a huge demand, grew into an annual Working Group. It has been a WG on Public Policy Analysis Development Issues for almost 10 years, as a forum for discussion and a unique opportunity to analyse and compare which factors restrict further development and advancement of evidence-based policy making, institutionalisation of policy analysis procedures as the key factors in ensuring good governance, not only in CEE countries.  The wide variety of papers and the large number of participants were evidence of the strong interest in evidence-based policy making and policy analysis in the regions. Thus, the WG will continue its activities in supporting the vivid interest of potential stakeholders of evidence-based policy making and institutionalisation of policy analysis procedures to impact on economic, social and political environment in CEE, Central Asia and Caucasus countries and encouraging experience and knowledge exchange on how academics can meet the urgent needs of public servants and civil society.
The goal of the WG - the 27th Annual NISPAcee Conference 2019
The goal of the WG is to focus and become a vehicle for discussion and debate around capacity challenges to professional evidence-based public policy making in the countries embraced by NISPAcee but not limited to, institutionalisation of public policy analysis procedures and concrete remedies for those challenges.

For the 27th Annual NISPAcee Conference, the WG on EVIDENCE-BASED PUBLIC POLICY MAKING welcomes theoretical, empirical, comparative research papers of academics and practitioners on both diagnosis and possible remedies for the shortcomings or bottlenecks of evidence-based policy making in certain countries and/or regions.
More specifically, papers may focus on: specific weaknesses/strengths of evidence-based policy making in a single country and/or region, either generally or in specific sectors; institutionalisation and application of policy analysis techniques and methods; comparative analysis of similar challenges faced by a variety of countries (including analysis of instances where capacity-building is being attempted); monitoring and evaluation of public policies experiences in a single country and/or region; public policy impact analysis in a single country and/or region.
Special attention will be paid to Policy Design and Policy Practice in the European Integration Context.

Selection criteria
We invite potential authors to focus on the aspects and particularities of evidence-based policy making; policy analysis tools and techniques, monitoring and evaluation experience in a country and/or region in order to increase the practical relevance of the Working Group and to develop a common base knowledge.  The papers must include not only recommendations for further research, but also practical points for practitioners. In this respect, papers written in cooperation between researchers/academics and practitioners are highly welcome.
Note for applicants
It would be much appreciated if all papers followed a common structure:
-    Abstract and point for practitioners
-    Introduction
-    Background of the chosen issue
-    Literature review in a given subject or chosen issue/phenomena
-    Objective of the analysis
-    Methodology of the Research
-    Analysis
-    Main findings and policy implications
-    Recommendations for further research
-    References