Some members of our team have recently participated to the Policy Dialogue Day 2018 which took place in Gothenburg (Sweden), on May 30. The purpose of this yearly conference is to bridge the gap between analysis and practice and to shed light on issues related to democracy support and governance.
The 2018 edition, focused on the thematic “New Research = Better Policies: Insights on Democracy, Governance, and Armed Conflict” was organized by several entities: the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute, the QoG (Quality of Government) Institute, GLD-Gothenburg (Program for Governance and Local Development), UCDP (Uppsala Conflict Data Program), and ViEWS (a Political Violence Early-Warning System).
Different sessions were organized during the day to give the opportunity to researchers and practitioners to reflect on their mutual challenges and main opportunities.
The day ended with a plenary session “How do we know what works: Current Trends in Causal Inference and the Evaluation of International Assistance Programs” that allowed drawing several conclusions mainly focused on how to improve connection and communication between policy and research and how to derive the maximum possible benefit from research to apply it to the wide range of contexts policy-makers have to face.
For more information, please visit the V-Dem website.