PROFEEDBACK organizes conferences biannually in order to create a network to enhance knowledge creation and transfer in bottom-up and open approach in the field of policy evaluation. The Action aims to discuss and resolve common dilemmas concerning all axes of the quadruple helix engaging 1) service users and authorities charged with policy evaluation 2) EU decision makers 3) Civil society, NGOs and service providers 4) Evaluation networks and associations at national and European level 5) Council of Europe 6) Academia 7) Business actors. The Action will be open throughout its lifetime to new members with special regard to the next generation of evaluators. Networking is not limited to the research community and an extensive exchange of views and experiences between European countries will also be implemented in order to build a policy evaluation community and coherence across Europe.
Since the conferences are funded by COST, free of charge access to the venue and programs for Working Group and Management Committee members are provided (See membership here). Furthermore, according to the Annotated Rules issued by the COST Adminsitration, Management Committee and Working Group members of the PROFEEDBACK Action are eligible to receive travel reimbursement, as well as daily allowance for the duration of the event.
The half-yearly conferences will provide the opportunity to participants to go into details in various horizontal topics along relevant research and methodological questions determined by the Working Groups. Besides sharing research results, knowledge and practical experiences related to the topics listed below, participants will have the chance to formulate questions which cannot be generally asked and discussed either from the point of theory or practice. To ensure that the ambition of the topics is not at the expense of the quality of the conferences, the articulation of the conference topics and the proposed activities will be continuously supervised by the Management Committee.
Conferences are organized in the following topics:
2022/1: Evaluation of public policy responses to “black swans” (crises like COVID-19)
2022/2: Social Inclusion, Migration (in particular interventions related to integration/assimilation)
2023/1: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Green Transition, Circular Economy
2023/2: Rural and Territorial Development, Urban Development
2024/1: Social Policy, Social Innovation, Quality of Life, Public Health
2024/2: Business Development, SMEs, Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness
2025/1: Research and Innovation, Digitalization
2025/2: Public Education, Youth Policy
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