EPSA event

Skills for Evidence-informed policy-making

5 May 2022
9.00 - 15.00 CET

About the event

In light of new challenges related to climate change, digital transformation and current and future health risks, there is a need for governments and administrations to increase capacities for effective policy making. A key element to this end is the ability to generate and utilise evidence to inform decision making. This ability is encapsulated in the notion of Evidence-Informed Policy-Making (EIPM), which is based on the appraisal of research evidence to inform decision making in the policy process.

This workshop on EIPM is an essential element of the learning path on ‘Supporting Design and Implementation of Reform’ aiming to develop knowledge and skills of researchers and policy makers and to foster their excellence in policy-making.

This workshop addresses all levels of public administration officials.

EIPA moderator(s)

The programme

08.50 Registration of participants on zoom platform
9.00 Welcome and Introduction

Christoph Klika, EPSA project manager and expert on EU policy implementation, EIPA

9.15 – The case for evidence for policy: Why to use evidence in policymaking, and why not (only) evidence?
David Mair, Joint Research Center

– Drivers and obstacles to evidence for policy: Why is evidence being used, why not?
Annette Boaz, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

– Actors in evidence for policy: Who(which actors) is involved in ensuring the use of evidence for policymaking? The case of the EU and anecdotes from Member States
Kristian Krieger, Joint Research Center

– Capacity building for EIPM in the OECD countries: Results from report on Building capacity for evidence-informed policymaking
Stephane Jacobzone, Senior Advisor, OECD

10.30 Break
10.45 Round-table: Best practice in evidence for policy: What works in evidence for policy?

Mikk Vahtrus, Development and Innovation Advisor at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia

Anne-Greet Keizer, Internal liaison, Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy

Antonina Cipollone, Mobilising evidence through Better Regulation process, SG, European Commission, (tbc)

Mark Ferguson, former Chief Science Advisor to the government of Ireland

Stephane Jacobzone, Senior Advisor, OECD

12.00 Lunch
13.00 Interactive Workshops in break-out rooms

– Competences and training tools for researchers in policy engagement
Lene Topp, Joint Research Center

– Competences and their diffusion in the European Commission for policymakers in using evidence
Florian Schwendinger, Joint Research Center
Viktoria Kovacz
Laurine Heris (SG)

– Values and identities assessments helping policymakers mobilise diverse evidence
Mario Scharfbillig, Joint Research Center

-Evidence-informed policy making in the better regulation toolbox
Paul Smits, Joint Research Center
Egle Basyte Ferrari, Joint Research Center

14.00 Break
14.15 Mutual learning: What did the leaders of the four sessions learn? What did the participants learn?
14.45 Conclusions
15.00 End of the Day