Cycle of seminars : Methods and approaches in evaluation (METHEVAL)

Cycle of seminars : Methods and approaches in evaluation (METHEVAL)

Programme for the school year 2022-2023 forthcoming
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Presentation of the seminar cycle 

The series of seminars "Methods and Approaches in Evaluation" (METHEVAL) aims to deepen the reflection on methods and approaches in public policy evaluation from an interdisciplinary point of view open to the diversity of perspectives. The aim is both to encourage exchanges between researchers using different types of methods, to strengthen collective evaluation skills by gradually building up a commun corpus of references, and to clarify the LIEPP's position with regard to the most recent debates in the international field of evaluation. 

Cross-cutting to the different thematic areas of LIEPP (educational policies, discrimination and category policies, socio-fiscal policies, evaluation of democracy, environmental policies, health policies), this reflection on evaluation methods and approaches provides a forum for exchqnge and for the development of a common evaluation culture. 

On the basis of presentations by internal and external speakers from diverse disciplines (economics, sociology political science, education, health, etc.), the cycle will take into account, over the course of the sessions, the plurality of methods currently used in evaluation (e.g. impact studies, econometric methods, qualitative or mixed methods, analysis of implementation, literature reviews, etc.) in a variety of fields and national contexts. 

Who is the cycle aimed at ?

Beyond the deepening of different methodological techniques, this seminar aims to open a reflection on the epistemological and ethical stakes of evaluation, but also on its uses and its impact on society and public action. It is also intended to be a place for exchange between academic and non-academic (administrative, associative, consultants, etc.) actors in evaluation. 

What is its purpose ?

The cycle of seminars and its digital traces, freely accessible, are also intended to function as a resource for other academic, administrative, professional and associative actors involved in public policy evaluation processes. A collective publication project in the form of a book could be based on this seminar, with the discussion of the presentations enabling progress to be made in this editorial project. 



Nota bene : seminars are always held on Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (unless another schedule is specified) 

Please note that a proof of vaccination is required to attend physically to the seminars 


Programme for the school year 2022-2023 forthcoming

past sessions :


  • June 9thLes méthodes mixtes en science politique et en sociologie : objectifs, stratégie, fabrique

Speakers: Thomas Aguilera (CEE, Sciences Po Rennes), Tom Chevalier (CEE, LIEPP, Sciences Po Rennes) Clément Pin (LIEPP) et Carlo Barone (OSC, LIEPP). Summary of the session

  • May 9th: Experimental Evaluation Design for Program Improvement 

Speaker: Laura Peck (Principal Scientist, Abt Associates, Social & Economic Policy Division). Summary of the session. Video

  • April 7thUnderstanding Realist Methodology and the Context-Mechanism-Outcome Configuration

Speaker: Justin Jagosh (Center for Advancement in Realist Evaluation and Synthesis - CARES). Summary of the session. Video

  • March 10thÉvaluation économique des produits de santé et exemples des agences HTA (Haute Autorité de Santé)

Speaker: Salah Ghabri (Haute Autorité de Santé). Summary of the session

  • February 17th: Evaluative Criteria: A Model to Strengthen Criteria Specification in Practice 

Speaker : Rebecca Teasdale (University of Illinois Chicago). Summary of the session. Video

  • January 13thL'évaluation au-delà des méthodes et des codes : une sagesse pratique 

Speaker: Marthe Hurteau (UQÀM). Summary of the session. Video


  • December 9th: Introduction aux méthodes expérimentales pour l'étude du comportement humain

Speaker: Lou Safra (CEVIPOF, LIEPP). Summary of the session. Video

Speaker: Nicolas Jacquemet (Université Paris 1, PSE). Summary of the session. Video

  • September 23rd: Les analyses coûts-bénéfices

Speaker: Clément Carbonnier (Université Paris 8, LIEPP). Summary of the session. PPT presentation

  • May 6th: Evaluer les initiatives de transition avec l'analyse de contribution

Speakers: Thomas Delahais et Adrien Flichy, Quadrant Conseil. Summary of the session 

  • April 15th: What is evaluation and how does it differ from research? (session in English) 

Speaker: Dana Linnell Wanzer, University of Wisconsin-Stout (USA). Summary of the session. Video   

  • March 25th: Évaluer les innovations publiques : enjeux, concepts et perspectives 

Speaker: Mathias Béjean, Université Paris Est Créteil. Session organized in partnership with the Chaire innovation publiqueSummary of the session. Video 

  • March 4th: Les principes généraux de revues systématiques : la démarche Cochrane 

Speaker: Isabelle Boutron, Université Paris Descartes, Centre de Recherches en Epidémiologie et Statistiques. Session co-organized with the Institut Santé Publique Paris (Paris Public Health). Summary of the session 

  • February 11th: Évaluation des politiques publiques et indépendance. Le cas des expérimentations aléatoires

Speaker: Jules Simha, CERLIS, Université de Paris. Summary of the session 

  • January 21st : Benchmark des politiques évaluatives 

Speakers : Adam Baïz and Vincent Aussilloux (France Stratégie). Summary of the sessionPresentation (pdf). Reading

  • January 7th : Les revues de littéraures mixtes 

Speaker: Quan Nha Hong McGill (Canada). Summary of the session. Reading


  • December 10th: The craft of interviewing (individuals and groups) in realist evaluation 

Speaker: Dr. Ana Manzano, Associate Professor in Public Policy, School of Sociology & Social Policy (University of Leeds). Summary of the session. Reading. Video

  • November 26th : De l’usage des cadres et théories pour l’évaluation des interventions

Speaker: Valéry Ridde, Directeur de recherche au CEPED (Université de Paris/IRD). Summary of the session. Reading. Video

  • November 5th : Les enjeux d'imputation causale : focus sur quelques méthodes quantitatives

Speaker: Denis Fougère, OSC et LIEPP de Sciences Po. Summary of the session. Reading. Video

  • October 8th : Un aperçu international sur l’évaluation des politiques publiques. 

Speaker: Stephane Jacobzone (OCDE). Summary of the session. Reading 

  • September 24th : L’apport des méthodes mixtes pour l’évaluation d’un programme par expérimentation randomisée. 

Speaker: Clément Pin, chercheur postdoctoral au LIEPP, et Carlo Barone, professeur de sociologie à Sciences Po (OSC-LIEPP). Summary of the session. Video

  • September 10th : Cartographie de quelques méthodes de revues systématiques utilisées en sciences sociales et de la santé. 

Speaker: Loubna Belaid, chercheure associée à CIET Trust et au groupe de recherche participative au département de médecine de famille, Université McGill, Montréal, Canada. Summary of the session. Reading

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