PlatfoRm OF policy Evaluation community for improvED EU policies and Better ACKnowledgement

Summary

PROFEEDBACK is a COST-Action (CA20112). A COST Action is an interdisciplinary research network that brings researchers and innovators together to investigate a topic of their choice for 4 years.  COST Actions are typically made up of researchers from academia, SMEs, public institutions and other relevant organisations or interested parties.

Start date: 18/10/2021

End date: 17/10/2025

PROFEEDBACK aims:

    • to foster the networking of the policy evaluation community at EU-level,
    • raise awareness on the importance of evaluation policy research
    • and improve its impact on policy-making.

The Platform, following a bottom-up and open approach, will gather researchers and professionals from various scientific fields and sectors to present and evaluate theories, topics, tools and methods of policy evaluation. Results of the Europe-wide assessment of good practices will provide direct and high-quality inputs for national and EU bodies responsible for policy evaluation.

Activities

Policy evaluation is a key tool in understanding, developing and modernising EU policies, thus there is a growing demand for EU-wide and high quality evaluation services.  The main challenge is that currently there is no bottom-up platform for European researchers and professionals working in policy evaluation. They have limited possibilities to discuss common problems, assess country specific practices and share their knowledge in a mutually beneficial and effective way.PROFEEDBACK aims to tackle this challenge with an innovative, complex, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach by:

    • analysing the theoretical and methodological questions of evaluation policy research putting special focus on Cohesion Policy,
    • enriching scientific research of policy evaluation and addressing new challenges,
    • harmonizing fragmented approaches to set the research agenda and to get a common understanding,
    • contributing to the capacity building of the policy evaluation community,
    • involving national and EU policy-makers and the civil society to contribute to evidence-based policy-making,
    • framing a Code of Conduct for the policy evaluation community.

Partnership

Grant holder institution:

  • HÉTFA Research Institute (Hungary) – Gábor Balás

More information

More information is available at the project website and Facebook page.

More information about COST is available at the COST website: https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA20112/