Evidence for Policymakers

Dear visitor!

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 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. 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!

Best regards,

              Pieter Duisenberg                                      Peter van der Knaap
   Chair of the association of                       Chairman of the Dutch Association
  Universities in the Netherlands                      for Policy Evaluation (Vide)
                      (VSNU)                                                            

                                          

Chairmen of this conference

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The Hague, The Netherlands

15 – 18 december 2020

Entrance is, due to the support of the Dutch ministries, free for policymakers of the Dutch ministries, excluding seperate research and advice entities. The conference will take place in a hybrid format. Both physical and virtual participation for the speakers will be possible, participants will be able to attend the conference through a specialized platform.

Background

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.

Topics
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 effective interventions
- Applying research evidence to societal challenges

 

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Bevestigde sprekers

Erwin Muller

Erwin Muller

Dean of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University

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Pieter Duisenberg

Pieter Duisenberg

Chair of The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU)

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Peter van der Knaap

Peter van der Knaap

Managing-Director of SWOV, the national Institute for Road Safety Research in The Netherlands

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Ingrid van Engelshoven

Ingrid van Engelshoven

Minister of Education, Culture and Science

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Wopke Hoekstra

Wopke Hoekstra

Minister of Finance

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David Mair

David Mair

Head of Unit, Knowledge for Policy, European Commission

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Kathryn Newcomer

Kathryn Newcomer

Former president of the American Evaluation Association & Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University

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Peter Gluckman

Peter Gluckman

Chair of the International Network of Government Science Advisors (INGSA) & incoming President of the International Council of Science

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Marie Gaarder

Marie Gaarder

Executive Director of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3IE)

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Laurenz Langer

Laurenz Langer

Evidence Synthesis Specialist, Africa Centre for Evidence (ACE)

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Stephane Jacobzone

Stephane Jacobzone

Head of Unit, Evidence Monitoring and Policy Evaluation (OECD)

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Patricia Paskov

Patricia Paskov

Impact Evaluation Analyst, Worldbank

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Jonathan Breckon

Jonathan Breckon

Founder of the Alliance for Useful Evidence, NESTA, UK

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Rachel Tuffin

Rachel Tuffin

Director, Knowledge and Innovation

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Jeanne van Loon

Jeanne van Loon

Head of Unit, Knowledge, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

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Justin Parkhurst

Justin Parkhurst

Associate Professor of Global Health Policy Department of Health Policy, the London School of Economics and Political Science

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Barend van der Meulen

Barend van der Meulen

Director of the Center of Higher Education Policy & Full Professor Evidence and Policy, University of Twente

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Anne-Greet Keizer

Anne-Greet Keizer

Senior research fellow and international liaison of the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy/ Former executive secretary ESAF

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Dirk-Jan Koch

Dirk-Jan Koch

Chief Science Officer, Minnistry of Foreign Affairs

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Jaakko Kuosmanen

Jaakko Kuosmanen

Secretary of Academy, Science Advice Initiative of Finland (SOFI)

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Tarmo Soomere

Tarmo Soomere

President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences

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Patricia Atkinson

Patricia Atkinson

Director of the Results and Delivery Unit, Global Affairs, Canada

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Sarah Morton

Sarah Morton

Director, Matter of Focus, United Kingdom

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Michel Bloemheuvel

Michel Bloemheuvel

Advisor and researcher, Sira Consulting

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Leo Ancher

Leo Ancher

Coordinating Account Manager and Strategic Advisor, Province of South Holland

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Scott Douglas

Scott Douglas

Prof. Public Management, Utrecht University School of Governance

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Jeroen Kerseboom

Jeroen Kerseboom

Head of Research Department at the Netherlands House of Representatives

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Frans Leeuw

Frans Leeuw

Professor Law, Public Administration and Social Science Research, University of Maastricht

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Sarah Foxen

Sarah Foxen

Knowledge Exchange Lead, POST, UK Parliament

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Ole Petersen

Ole Petersen

Vice-President, Academia Europaea

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Thom de Graaf

Thom de Graaf

Vice-president, Netherlands Council of State

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Vivian Tseng

Vivian Tseng

Senior Vice President, Program, William T. Grant Foundation, USA

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Howard White

Howard White

Chief Executive Officer of Campbell Collaboration, Norway

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Danièle Lamarque

Danièle Lamarque

President of the European Evaluation Society

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Jon Baron

Jon Baron

Vice-President of Evidence Based Policy, Laura and John Arnold Foundation

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Nynke de Witte

Nynke de Witte

Deputy Head of the Strategic Analysis Unit, Inspectorate of the Budget, Ministry of Finance, NL

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Peter Bex

Peter Bex

Founder/ Director, Sira Consulting

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Gerty Lensvelt-Mulders

Gerty Lensvelt-Mulders

Director, Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), Ministry of Justice

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Djoeke van Dale

Djoeke van Dale

Senior advisor Health Promotion Joint Action on Chronic Diseases and Healthy Aging, RIVM

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Daniel Trnka

Daniel Trnka

Senior Policy Analyst, OECD

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Bart Snels

Bart Snels

Member of the House of Representatives, GroenLinks

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Joost Sneller

Joost Sneller

Member of Parliament (D66), The Netherlands

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Nick Hart

Nick Hart

Chief Executive Officer of the Data Coalition and President of the non-profit Data Foundation

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Zeynep Engin

Zeynep Engin

Founder of Data for Policy, UK

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Barbara Ubaldi

Barbara Ubaldi

Senior Policy Analyst, OECD

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Marieke van Putten

Marieke van Putten

Senior Innovation Manager, Ministry of Interior

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Anne Fleur van Veenstra

Anne Fleur van Veenstra

Senior Researcher ICT Policy at TNO Strategy and Policy

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Claar Schouwenaar

Claar Schouwenaar

Project leader Digital Innovation and Participation, Province of Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Jaap van den Herik

Jaap van den Herik

Professor of Computer Science and Law & Chair of the Board of Directors of the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS)

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Massimo Craglia

Massimo Craglia

Senior Scientist in AI, European Commission

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Sander Klous

Sander Klous

Professor Big Data Ecosystems for Business and Society, University of Amsterdam & Partner KPMG

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Melanie Peters

Melanie Peters

Director of Rathenau Institute, The Netherlands

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Peter van der Graaf

Peter van der Graaf

AskFuse Research Manager, UK

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Bianca Albers

Bianca Albers

Associate Director, Centre for Evidence and Implementation

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Laura Menenti

Laura Menenti

Chief Science Officer, Ministry of Security and Justice

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Rien Rouw

Rien Rouw

Senior Advisor Strategy and Knowledge Based Policy, Minisrty of Education, Culture and Science

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Eva Kunseler

Eva Kunseler

Senior Researcher, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)

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Natascha Wagner

Natascha Wagner

Associate professor of Development Economics, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Netherlands

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Locaties

Congreslocatie

15-18 December 2020
Leiden Universiteit, Wijnhaven

Turfmarkt 99

2511 DP, Den Haag

Diner locatie

15 December 2020 om 19:00
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Sociaal programma

14 December 2020 van 15:00 tot 17:00 City Tour Den Haag
Startlocatie: Campus Leiden Universiteit, Wijnhaven

Turfmarkt 99 

2511 DP, Den Haag

14 December om 17:00 welkomstdrankje & receptie
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Reizen naar de conferentie locatie

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.