Evidence for Policymakers 2021

Evidence for Policymakers, The Hague, The Netherlands

1 – 2 December 2021

Background
After its first edition last December (which was inspired by the Hague Recommendations and was visited by 330 attendees from 22 countries), the Evidence for Policymakers conference invites policymakers, evaluators, academia, research managers, science advisers and knowledge brokers to continue the discussion on issues that influence our capacity to enhance the development and practical use of evidence for policymakers. The conference is organized back to back with the seminar 'Better Algorithms for Better Policy', where on November 30 we will explore how governmental institutions can better organize data driven policymaking including the use of Artificial Intelligence for the public good.

The momentum for evidence informed policymaking remains high around the globe; the COVID-19 pandemic has generated clear-cut illustrations of the importance of reliable and accessible data of multidisciplinary research to improve the robustness of policymaking. More and less related to those manifestations, actors from both the academic field and governmental bodies have started ambitious initiatives to structure and intensify the interaction between research and policy. In The Netherlands, to name one example, the interdepartmental operation ‘Insight into Quality’ has led to the adoption of Strategic Evaluation Agenda’s (an agenda for evaluating policy-effectiveness and -efficiency during the whole policy cycle) for all ministries. 

On 1 and 2 December, the recently launched global network of STEPPS (Strengthening and Transferring Evidence for Policy and Politics Society) assembles and share inspiring initiatives on regional, local and international level. On the first day, we aim to position the (potential) role of research for policymakers. Overall, topics that we will address include:

Building Evidence for Effective Policy Interventions

  • The role of academia and public research to develop evidence for more effective policies
  • What are the requirements for responsible yet targeted use of algorithms, Artificial Intelligence and big data?
  • How can we set up RCT’s and experimental policies to assess the effectiveness of policies?
  • How can we substantiate evidence informed politics?

Mobilizing evidence from research to policymaking

  • Making evidence better accessible on a regional, national and international level
  • What role may evidence-databases play?
  • Developing user-friendly research ecosystems within governments.

 On the second day, we will explore how governmental institutions can be best organize to stimulate the uptake and application of relevance research, and become a learning government. Topics we will address include:

  • The role of evaluation; positioning ex-ante, -durante and -post evaluation, and the use of Big Data in these methods
  • Strategic Evaluation Agenda’s; what are they, how do we substantiate them and how do we address strategic hurdles?
  • How to set and meet evidence based policy targets through the Deliverology methodology
  • (Re)defining, assessing and delivering the public value of governments
  • Involving citizens in stimulating evidence informed policymaking.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to The Hague for 2 inspiring and impactful days!

 

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Confirmed speakers

Kathryn Newcomer

Kathryn Newcomer

Former president of the American Evaluation Association & Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University

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Pieter Duisenberg

Pieter Duisenberg

Chair of The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)

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Sir Michael Barber

Sir Michael Barber

Former Head of the Prime Ministery's Delivery Unit (UK), Founder & Chairman Delivery Associates

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Sir Geoff Mulgan

Sir Geoff Mulgan

Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London

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Nick Rodriguez

Nick Rodriguez

CEO Delivery Associates

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David Mair

David Mair

Head of Unit, Knowledge for Policy, European Commission

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Roger Pielke

Roger Pielke

Professor Environmental Studies, Univeristy of Colorado, USA

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Mariëtte Oosterwegel

Mariëtte Oosterwegel

Projectleader Samenweten, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

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David Budtz Pedersen

David Budtz Pedersen

Knowledge Broker for Algorithms, Data & Democracy (ADD), Denmark

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Jaakko Kuosmanen

Jaakko Kuosmanen

Founder Chief Coordinator Science Advice Initiative of Finland

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Patricia Paskov

Patricia Paskov

Consultant at the World Bank Group & PhD Researcher at the European University Institute

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Nick Hart

Nick Hart

President US Data Foundation

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Saba Hinrichs-Krapels

Saba Hinrichs-Krapels

Assistant Professor and Delft Technology Fellow, Delft University of Technology

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Haroon Bhorat

Haroon Bhorat

Director of Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town & Member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council, South Africa

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Jonathan Breckon

Jonathan Breckon

Visiting Fellow King's College London & Founder of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, UK

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Rien Rouw

Rien Rouw

Strategic Advisor, Ministr of Education, Culture & Science

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Ashraf Bakr Al-Shareef

Ashraf Bakr Al-Shareef

Consultant in Monitoring and Evaluation and the institutionalization of RBM, Egypt

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Peter van der Knaap

Peter van der Knaap

Director of the International Research & Policy Evaluation Directorate, Dutch Ministry of FOreign Affairs and Chair of the Dutch Association for Policy Evaluation (Vide)

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Anna Needs

Anna Needs

Associate Director, Delivery Associates, Australia

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Matthew Flinders

Matthew Flinders

Chair of the university Policy Engagement Network (UPEN), UK

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Barend van der Meulen

Barend van der Meulen

Full professor Institutional Aspects of Higher Education and Director of CHEPS, University of Twente

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Joost Sneller

Joost Sneller

Member of the House of Representatives for D66, the Netherlands

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Kristian Allen

Kristian Allen

Secretary of INGSA and Associate Director Koi Tu centre for informed futures, New Zealand

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David Gough

David Gough

Professor of Evidence-Informed Policy and Practice & Director of the EPPI-Centre, United Kingdom

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Tracey Brown

Tracey Brown

Director Sense about Science, UK

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Odette van de Riet

Odette van de Riet

Head of the Strategic Analysis Office, Ministry of Finance, NL

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