Covid-19 and policy evaluation

Covid-19 and policy evaluation

Webinar, Thursday January 14th, 4-6 PM Paris time
  • Actualité Sciences PoActualité Sciences Po

Thursday January 14th, 4-6 PM 

Mandatory registration 

Based on recent publications in France and the UK, this seminar aims at opening a comparative, theoretically and empirically informed reflection on possible lessons which can be learnt from the Covid-19 crisis in terms of policy evaluation. 

  • "The Denial of Complexity in Developing the Covid-19 response"

Speaker: Ray Pawson: Emeritus Professor of Social Research Methodology, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds.

Abstract: "There is a popular conception that experts are experts because they have access to privileged knowledge. The appliance of science provides them with authoritative evidence. But scientific consensus is notoriously hard to achieve. When it comes to remorselessly complex problems like designing policy to combat the spread of the coronavirus, experts rarely speak with one voice. A question thus arises about the hierarchy of expertise consulted on crisis policy – which voices get a hearing, and which voices go unheard? Is, for instance, system complexity examined with sufficient rigour in the advisory upper echelons? The paper examines this issue by charting the differential access of a variety of scientific disciplines to the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) during the first year of the Covid-19 crisis. It turns out that truths are not self-evident and not all disciplines are created equal."

"The Denial of Complexity in Developing the UK Response to Covid-19": presentation available

Speakers: Henri Bergeron, Research director CNRS, affiliated to CSO and director of the LIEPP's Health Policies Research Group, Olivier BorrazResearch director CNRS, affiliated to CSO, Patrick Castel: Research director CNRS, affiliated to CSO.

Bergeron, Henri, Olivier Borraz, Patrick Castel, François Dedieu, Covid-19: une crise organisationnelle, Presses de Sciences Po, 2020. 

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