Dr. Paul Stephenson (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University) and Prof. Frans Leeuw (Faculty of Law, Maastricht University; Director of the Netherlands Institute for Applied Security and Justice Research WODC, affiliated with the Dutch Ministry of Justice; former president of the European Evaluation Society) are planning a workshop on ‘Policy Evaluation in the European Union’.

The workshop will take place on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 January 2018 at Maastricht University, Campus Brussels, Belgium.

The aim of the workshop is to stimulate debate on approaches to policy evaluation in the EU by bring together EU policy researchers with scholars from the evaluation community. We hope to explore conceptual and methodological approaches to engaging in evaluation, and to take critical perspectives on current evaluation practices in the world of policy making and implementation.

We welcome proposals for research papers addressing the following themes:

  • Approaches to EU policy, programme, or project evaluation
  • Ex ante, mid term and ex post perspectives on policy analysis, including monitoring
  • Theories, concepts and frameworks applied in the evaluation of EU policy
  • Perspectives on effectiveness, efficiency and economy in EU policy studies
  • The link between implementation and evaluation and/or evaluation and agenda-setting
  • Gauging success and failure in EU policy analysis, including framing and discourse
  • Contributions from different perspectives on evaluation, and in particular, realist evaluations of policy making and implementation
  • Evaluation actors, institutions and evaluation culture in the EU​

These proposed topics are indicative and additional proposals fitting the topic are welcome.

Abstracts (250 words) to be sent to p.stephenson@maastrichtuniversity.nl by 1 November 2017.  First versions of the presented papers should be submitted, and circulated, by mid-January 2018.

The workshop organisers intend to publish selected papers in a special issue or edited volume, subject to review of the final version of the papers.

The workshop is co-financed by the Centre for European Research in Maastricht (CERiM), FASoS Research Stimulation Fund (RSF), Stichting Universiteitsfond Limburg (SWOL) and the Law Faculty of Maastricht University. Some funding is available to support the travel and accommodation expenses of accepted participants.

For more information please contact: p.stephenson@maastrichtuniversity.nl

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