Welcome to the website of the conference Evidence for Policymakers!
It’s our pleasure to chair this international gathering on substantiating Evidence informed policies and politics. We are looking forward to welcoming you virtually – or in person - to discuss the current opportunities for improving our policy interventions. We now have the benefit to learn from international best practises and make use of the momentum that exists in many countries, like our own. For this conference we have developed ten Hague Recommendations. We would appreciate it if you will enrich this special event with your presence.
We are looking forward to an inspiring conference with tangible results!
Pieter Duisenberg Peter van der Knaap
Chair of the association of Chairman of the Dutch Association
Universities in the Netherlands for Policy Evaluation (Vide)
Chairmen of this conference
Please find the final report with the summary and conclusions here.
In times of crisis, the relationship between evidence and policymaking may change dramatically. The current Covid-19 Crisis generated manifestations of “evidence based policymaking” in an unprecedented way, both nationally and locally. It also showed that the need to use internationally organized reliable data for effective policy interventions has never been more urgent in times of peace. This information needs to be both profound and directly available.
This conference treats the outcomes of the current crisis as input for the process for professionalizing the structured interaction between evidence and policymaking. The current learning processes and challenges will be analyzed in the context of the existing knowledge infrastructure for policymakers. Instruments for creating evidence for policymakers have tremendously grown with the introduction of Big Data and the development of algorithms for generating new insights. Another widespread development is the use of Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT’s) in order to enhance the effectiveness of policy instruments and the growth of new standards for experimental policies.
Evidence for the effectiveness of new policy interventions is often related to the evaluation of policymaking. National Statistical Offices and many other governmental agencies play a role here. Evidence may also - especially in crisis situations - be used for the prediction of the effectiveness of new policies. In the Netherlands, the Policy Analysis Agencies (Plan Bureaus) have gained a special reputation to generate broadly accepted calculations which predict the effectiveness of political programs. Behavior Insight Teams in different parts of the world also have gained a reputation in creating well substantiated instruments to predict and enhance the effectiveness of policy interventions.
In all of these processes of shaping evidence informed policymaking, scientists from all kind of disciplines, whether it is data science, statistics, policy research, behavioral sciences or a structured way of fact checking, play a crucial role to substantiate the development of policies. These processes for a sound substantiation for policymaking are a main contribution to more effective and predictable policies, if well organized (a recent article by Times Higher Education discusses the groundbreaking pilot developed by Dutch experts to shape better policies through effective scientific support).
Organizing evidence for policy
The way that evidence for policy is organized, differs strongly per country or region in the world. In the Anglo-Saxon culture we see Chief Government scientists, organizing the impact of science form inside the Ministries. In 2010, the UK Prime Minister has successfully launched its What Works Networks with their related Behavior Insight Teams. In the US, we have seen What Works Cities and the “data for evidence” initiatives, started at the White House. Moreover, in January 2019, the US federal government has signed into law the “Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act”. In the European Union in 2016, the Science Advice mechanism has evolved and Joint Research Centres play a role. The Netherlands has its Central Policy Analysis Agencies. In Singapore we see a National Research Council, housed at the Prime Minister’s Office.
Evidence for effective policies needs to be robust and preferably universal. Bringing together the managers of these processes will create new insights and mutual benefits. This conference has the aim to bring together these experts worldwide to learn which methods and instruments can be applied for which situations and how they may improve the quality of evidence provided.
The conference will treat a range of issues that influence our capacity to enhance the development and practical use of evidence for policymakers. A short list of issues includes:
- Definitions of “evidence” and “evidence informed policymaking”
- The correlation between evidence and more effective policymaking
- How to convince policymakers to use evidence
- Internal and external organization of evidence for government
- Utilizing evidence for politicians and parliaments
- Enhancing the usability of research from universities and other knowledge institutes
- Ex post evidence and ex ante evidence
- Structured data for policymakers and researchers
- Effective use of algorithms for policymakers
- RCT’s to develop methods for proven effecctive interventions
- Applying research evidence to societal challenges
The Conference in The Hague
The city of the Hague has recently welcomed the Department for Governance and Global affairs from Leiden University, the oldest university of the Netherlands. The Hague also houses many international institutes, including several international organizations for research and statistics. Leiden University and ScienceWorks are the organizers of this event.
The Hague is a unique city one of the very few Government cities based on a sandy beach. Next to this, The Hague has gained a global reputation as the LegalCapital of the World. The conference will offer ample opportunities to the conference participants to experience this special venue during the social program.Terms & costs
Dean of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden Universityread more
Chair of The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)read more
Managing-Director of SWOV, the national Institute for Road Safety Research in The Netherlandsread more
Minister of Education, Culture and Scienceread more
Minster of Financeread more
Head of Unit, Knowledge for Policy, European Commissionread more
Former president of the American Evaluation Association & Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington Universityread more
Chair of the International Network of Government Science Advisors (INGSA) & incoming president of the International Council of Scienceread more
Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE)read more
Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE)read more
Head of Unit, Evidence Monitoring and Policy Evaluation (OECD)read more
Impact Evaluation Analyst, Worldbankread more
Founder of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, NESTA, UKread more
Director, Knowledge and Innovationread more
Head of Unit, Knowledge, Ministry of Education, Culture and Scienceread more
Business Economist, Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourismread more
Associate Professor of Global Health Policy Department of Health Policy, The London School of Economics and Political Scienceread more
Director of the Center of Higher Education Policy & Full Professor Evidence and Policy, University of Twenteread more
SAPEA Boardread more
Senior research fellow and international liaison of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy/ Former executive secretary ESAFread more
Chief Science Officer, Minstry of Foreign Affairsread more
Secretary of Academy, Science Advice Initiative of Finland (SOFI)read more
President of the Estonian Academy of Sciencesread more
Director of the Results and Delivery Uniut, Global Affairs, Canadaread more
Director, Matter of Focus, United Kingdomread more
Advisor and researcher, Sira Consultingread more
Coordinating Account Manager and Strategic Advisor, Province of South Hollandread more
Prof. Public Management, Utrecht University School of Governanceread more
Head of Research Department at the Netherlands House of Representativesread more
Professor Law, Public Administration and Social Science Research, University of Maastrichtread more
Knowledge Exchange Lead, POST, UK Parliamentread more
Vice-President, Academia Europaearead more
Vice-President, Netherlands Council of Stateread more
Senior Vice President, Program, William T. Grant Foundation, USAread more
Full Professor of Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlandsread more
Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Collaboration, Norwayread more
Vice-President of Evidence Based Policy, Laura and John Arnold Foundationread more
President of the European Evaluation Societyread more
Deputy Head of the Strategic Analysis Unit, Inspectorate of the Budget, Ministry of Finance, NLread more
Founder/ Director, Sira Consultingread more
Director, Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), Ministry of Justiceread more
Chief Data Scientist, DLT Solutions, USAread more
Strategy & Collaborations in AI (Appl.AI) and researcher at TNO, The Netherlandsread more
Senior advisor Health Promotion Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging, RIVMread more
Research Director, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Government of South Africaread more
Seniot Policy Analyst, OECDread more
Member of Parliament (D66), The Netherlandsread more
Member of the House of Representativesread more
Chief Executive Officer of the Data Coalition and President of the non-profit Data Foundationread more
Founder of Data for Policy, UKread more
Senior Policy Analyst, OECDread more
Senior Innovation Manager, Ministry of Interiorread more
Senior Researcher ICT Policy, TNO Strategy and Policyread more
Chief Director of the Directorate of Data Services, Research and Innovation, Statistics Netherlands (CBS)read more
Programme Manager IDA, Interprovincial Consultation (IPO), The Netherlandsread more
Project leader Digital Innovation and Participation, Province of Utrecht, The Netherlandsread more
Professor of Computer Science and Law at Leiden University and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS)read more
Full Professor of Public Administration & Digitalisation, Leiden University, The Netherlandsread more
Senior Scientist in AI, European Commissionread more
Professor Big Data Ecosystems for Business and Society, University of Amsterdam & Partner KPMGread more
Director of Rathenau Institute, NLread more
Prof. Psychology and Behaviour change, Academic Director Big'R, The Netherlandsread more
Associate Director, Centre for Evidence and Implementationread more
AskFuse Research Manager, UKread more
Chief Science Officer, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, The Netherlandsread more
Chief Science Officer, Ministry of Security and Justiceread more
Senior Advisor Strategy and Knowledge Based Policy, Ministry of Education, Culture and Scienceread more
Senior Researcher, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agencyread more
Associate professor of Development Economics, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Netherlandsread more
Programme Director Operation 'Inzicht in Kwaliteit', Ministry of Finance, The Netherlandsread more
15-18 December 2020
Leiden University, Wijnhaven
2511 DP, The Hague
15 December 2020 from 19:00
To be announced
14 December 2020 from 15:00 until 17:00 City Tour The Hague
Startlocation: Campus Leiden University, Wijnhaven
2511 DP, The Hague
14 December 2020 from 17:00 Welcome drink & reception
Location to be announced
The conference will take place in Leiden University, Wijnhaven in the Hague, which is located 5 minutes from the central station. If you want to come by car, which we would not suggest because of the costs and traffic, you can reserve a parking spot on the website of ‘Parkeren in Museumkwartier’ (via this link), which is also the cheapest option for parking in the city center.
The conference venue is 27 minutes away by car, and 45 to 60 minutes away by public transport.
Please find a detailed description of the available means of transportation to and from this airport here.