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Young research workshop in public policy evaluation

Workshop presentation

Actualité Sciences Po

The Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies (LIEPP) promotes research which, regardless of their disciplines and methods, can contribute to the evaluation of public policies by studying the functioning and effects of different policies: for example, educational, environmental, migration, health, anti-discrimination, social and socio-fiscal policies. It encourages the crossing of approaches (disciplinary, methodological) in order to enrich the reflection on the evaluation of public policies.

This LIEPP doctoral seminar is open to doctoral students from Sciences Po and UPC, regardless of their laboratories and disciplines. It has four main objectives

  1. To support doctoral students in the conduct of their research and in their professionalization;
  2. To stimulate an interdisciplinary dialogue based on current research;
  3. To raise participants' awareness of the public policy evaluation process and its practical implications, particularly in terms of questioning and disseminating research results;
  4. To encourage exchanges between doctoral students from Sciences Po and UPC

The workshop is a tool for interdisciplinary dialogue between doctoral students whose work has an impact on public action, regardless of the methods used and the disciplines in which they are registered (sociology, political science, economics, history, psychology, public health, etc.). The seminar is mainly based on presentations by doctoral students of their current research, which are then subject to an interdisciplinary discussion. It also provides participants with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the different research groups of LIEPP, in order to foster possible collaborations emerging from the young research. To this end, sessions will be organised with research assistants working on projects hosted or funded by LIEPP, with a view to mutual enrichment and professionalisation between PhD students and research assistants. More specific modules will be organised around the development of skills useful both in the academic context and in a public policy evaluation framework: oral presentation, poster design, writing a policy brief. Finally, presentations by more experienced researchers may be organised.

Who is it for? Target audience of the workshop

  • PhD students affiliated to LIEPP
  • Doctoral students from Sciences Po or from UPC, all disciplines included:
    • Those whose thesis subject is directly related to the evaluation of public policies (e.g. study of the implementation and consequences of a public action programme),or who are interested in reflecting on the implications of their thesis for public action (in what way can the conclusions of the thesis contribute to a reflection on the design, implementation and consequences of public policies?)
    • Participants must be open to interdisciplinarity, willing to discuss their thesis topic with non-specialists, and willing to discuss research that is far from their own speciality.
  • Registration for the seminar allows participants to present their research at least once during the year, but also implies a commitment to actively participate in all the sessions by discussing the research presented by the other participants.

What for? What the workshop can bring to the participants

  • Putting doctoral research into an interdisciplinary perspective: an "unzooming" effect that helps to better identify what distinguishes the approach adopted, what are the fundamental questions of the research, to put them into perspective and possibly to bring out others from the perspective of other disciplines;
  • Ability to communicate about one's research and discipline to non-specialists;
  • Development of contacts with a view to setting up interdisciplinary projects, through exchanges with doctoral students from other Sciences Po and UP laboratories;
  • Raising awareness of the public policy evaluation approach based on individual research projects.