Wednesday September 28, 2016
Evaluative knowledge and knowledge from the disciplines:
What works best when addressing urgent societal problems
Chair: Frans Leeuw
Maastricht University, the Netherlands
Professor of Public Economics and Jean Monnet Chair “Ad personam” of EU Industrial Policy, Public Economics, University of Milan, Italy
Thursday September 29, 2016
The potential for evaluation to contribute to better policies in Europe
Our keynote and plenary session speakers will take us on a memorable journey of entertaining enlightenment (and enlightening entertainment).
Elliot Stern will represent “evaluation” in a plenary panel chaired by Frans Leeuw, joining two high-level representatives of other social sciences who will compete, or perhaps cooperate, between themselves and with “evaluation”, to provide the most appropriate and highest quality advice to a fictitious prime minister about to design a new policy. The distinctiveness of evaluation in relation to social sciences should brilliantly emerge in a real-time simulation of evidence-based policy making.
Veronica Gaffey will remind us what's at stake for Europe: how evaluation needs to deliver evidence on what works for whom, in what context and why, if it is to contribute to better policies, now and in the future. Finally, Claire Hutchings will pull the threads of the conference together and draw on her experience as an NGO commissioner of evaluations, as a methodological innovator, and as an M&E community developer, to tell us what it takes for innovation in evaluation to spread, and for evaluations to be pervasive and persuasive, making a difference “on the ground”.