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Evaluation of public policies represents an important research line of CNR-Ircres, giving rise to both methodological and applied work. Our experience has shown that quality of evaluation is not only assured by the use of refined and advanced methods, but also by the correctness of the whole process of analysis. This is why a group of Ircres researchers have promoted an interchange group with the aim of sharing reflections and feedbacks on their work. The idea at the basis of the initiative is that sharing experiences and results was a way to improve the work in an empirical and practical perspective.



is intended to share news and research experiences in the field of impact evaluation.

It encourages an inductive approach, in the sense that it fosters a reflection on the evaluation experiences so as to improve methodological tools and to ease their correct application. It encourages a frank but friendly discussion on the latest advancements, by easing their diffusion.




  •  Calls for papers (on journals, conferences and special sessions in related fields)
  •  Conference announcements
  •  Periodical collections of open source or grey literature documents
  •  Periodical Bibliographical references about newly published papers and books
  •  Discussion forums
  •  Project calls


Joining MAILING-list

Who can join? Any researcher or practitioner in policy evaluation, agreeing with the spirit of the group:

  •  Accept to share experiences and discussions…
  •  … among both experts and young researchers
  •  … with a frank but friendly attitude in discussions
  •  ... without commercial aim


If you are interested in joining

write a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., indicating your name and affiliation

If you are interested in feeding the network with your experience and with relevant news, send them to the same address.

Call for paper and conference announcements will be circulated in any period of the year.

Bibliographical newsletters will be circulated on a periodical basis.




Important dates

   Reporting new papers and publications for the bibliographical newsletter: October 30TH


The next bibliographical newsletter will occur in summer. You are invited to send us your form, within OCTOBER 30TH


Please send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

you can use this form

new works open source (reports, working papers, papers and presentation presented to conferences). In this case send

  • the full bibliographical reference
  • the file or the link to download it
  • a short abstract (no more than 250 words)

bibliographical references of published works (articles or books). In this case send

  • the full bibliographical reference
  • a short abstract (no more than 250 words)



Dear members ,

The ERSA conference, held in Lyon in August, hosted for the fifth time a Special Session devoted to counterfactual impact evaluation. The special session, organised by Marco Mariani, Lisa Sella and myself, hosted 11 papers that were lively discussed. Most of the authors agreed to circulate their presentation. You may download it at the following link:

I draw your attention on the fact that you may find also Guido Pellegrini’s presentation. He could not attend the conference but he sent his presentation anyway. Although in Lyon we missed his frank and friendly comments, I’m sure we will enjoy reading the presentation.


Elena Ragazzi for


Cari membri italiani di

Come già avvenuto nelle precedenti edizioni, la Conferenza Annuale dell’AISRe, che quest’anno si terrà all’Aquila fra il 16 e il 18 settembre, ospita numerose sessioni tematiche dedicate alla valutazione delle politiche.

Potrete trovare nella tabella sotto la lista delle sessioni organizzate esplicitamente con tema valutativo, e se molti ulteriori lavori sono anche presentati in sessioni diverse.





Organizzatore 1

Organizzatore 2





Alla frontiera della valutazione controfattuale delle politiche regionali: nuovi metodi

Guido Pellegrini


Università Roma la Sapienza

Mercoledì 18/09 ore 11:30-13:30

Aula B


La valutazione di politiche ambientali ed energetiche a livello locale

Augusto Cerqua


Università Roma la Sapienza

Martedì 17/09 ore 14:30-16:30

Aula D


Valutazione controfattuale di politiche regionali e rurali: nuovi sviluppi

Daniele Di Gennaro

Marusca De Castris

Università Roma 3

Martedì 17/09 ore 17-19

Aula D


La valutazione dell’efficacia delle politiche per la società e per le comunità locali (Effectiveness evaluation of policies for the society and for local communities)

Elena Ragazzi

Lisa Sella


Martedì 17/09 ore 9-11

Aula D


Informazioni complete sul convegno possono essere trovate qui:

Spero di incontrare molti di voi fra i presenti all’Aquila.

Elena Ragazzi


Dear members,

Cedefop has launched a call for tenders on "Support and incentives to learning and careers –Lot 1 & Lot 2".

It might be interesting for some of our members.

The primary objective of this framework contract is the acquisition of services to develop two studies to analyse the costs and results (outputs, outcomes and documented impacts) of financial and non-financial support to individuals and enterprises in undertaking learning activities and developing careers.


Lot 1 addresses the pressing need to:

  • understand expenditure and outcomes of career guidance, validation, assessments/referrals and basic skills training;
  • develop monitoring and evaluation of career guidance services.
  • Experts and analysts in career development and career guidance are strongly encouraged to submit their tenders.


Lot 2 aims at:

  • Providing a comprehensive overview/database of the financing instruments for companies and individuals implemented in EU Member States to increase provision of and adult participation in education and training
  • Analyse financial and non-financial incentives for micro, small and medium enterprises implemented in EU countries to stimulate training.
  • Experts (such as researchers, policy analysts) in financial and non-financial support measures aimed at increasing provision of and adult participation in education and training are strongly encouraged to submit their tenders.


The deadline for submitting tenders is the 16/09/2019 (16h00 Central European Time). Requests for additional information/clarifications should be received by 06/09/2019, 23h59 Central European time.


You can find all related tender documents under the following link:


Other similar announcements can be found at Cedefop web site here:


Elena Ragazzi for




Dear members of   ,

The 8th bibliographical newsletter of our network will occur soon. You are invited to send us, within June 30th , a mail in which you indicate recently published works in the field of impact evaluation. In particular if you have authored or co-authored new works please send us

    • the full bibliographical reference
    • the link to download the paper or the file or where further information can be found
    • a short abstract (no more than 250 words)

In both cases, please fill the enclosed form, keeping the proposed format, so that it is easier to edit the newsletter afterwards.

We inform you that we accept to disseminate also unpublished work (such as working papers or papers presented at conferences) and reports that are not written in English, but an abstract in English must be provided and authors should be available to give further information on the research work to interested colleagues.

Best regards

Elena Ragazzi for


Anche quest'anno Davide Azzolini e Loris Vergolini di FBK-IRVAPP organizzeranno una sessione su "La valutazione di impatto delle politiche pubbliche" all'interno della conferenza ESPANET che si terrà ad Urbino dal 19 al 21 settembre. La call for papers si trova al seguente link:

Di seguito alcune informazioni generali:

- la sessione è la numero 12 (;

- la deadline per inviare gli abstract è il 14 aprile 2019;

- la comunicazione dell'accettazione dei paper avverrà entro il 28 aprile 2019.

Per qualsiasi ulteriore informazione potete contattare gli organizzatori.


AISRe, the Italian section of the Regional Science Association, is according a great interest to policy evaluation studies. Three special sessions have been organised at the Annual conference that will be held in L’Aquila, 16-18 September. The program will be scheduled so as to avoid overlapping and to allow interested participants to follow all the sections.

You will find enclosed the call for paper for the special session entitled “EFFECTIVENESS EVALUATION OF POLICIES FOR THE SOCIETY AND FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES”

You are warmly invited to consider to send a proposal for this session, who will welcome also presentations in English:

You will find the general call for papers of the conference at this link, while you may send your proposals by accessing to the congress web portal  You have to send a 300/400 word abstract within March 22th. Don’t forget to indicate the special session you are addressing, by choosing the options “SO-24-La valutazione dell’efficacia delle politiche per la società e per le comunità locali (Effectiveness evaluation of policies for the society and for local communities) (Ragazzi Elena) by the list.

For questions of further details you may contact the session organisers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Hope to meet you in L'Aquila!  


Venerdì 12 Ottobre 2018, ore 17.30-19.00
Biblioteca Civica “A. Arduino” - Via Cavour, 31 - Moncalieri

 Il cammino che le donne hanno fatto e stanno facendo verso una piena opportunità di rappresentanza costituisce un percorso verso una cittadinanza piena, che deve partire da una presenza quantitativa realmente paritaria nella politica e nel mondo delle istituzioni, oltreché nel mercato del lavoro. Si tratta ancora di un percorso troppo spesso accidentato, fatto di luci e di ombre, in cui i segnali di aumento della componente femminile in ruoli di primo piano debbono essere costantemente monitorati e migliorati, affinché si accompagnino a una reale e riconosciuta partecipazione delle donne alla presa di decisioni.

In questo quadro, viene proposta una analisi della presenza e della partecipazione delle donne nelle assemblee elettive, partendo dai dati quantitativi, interpretandoli come punto di partenza per una riflessione sugli impatti positivi che l’equilibrio di genere porta nella governance dei territori.

saluti istituzionali
Laura Pompeo        Assessora Cultura, Turismo, Biblioteca, Teatri e musei, Centro storico, Residenze reali, Relazioni internazionali - Pari Opportunità della Città di Moncalieri

Donne nell’Agorà. Cosa ci raccontano i numeri
Lisa Sella                  Ricercatrice dell’Istituto di ricerca sulla crescita economica sostenibile del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IRCrES; Professoressa a contratto di Metodi quantitativi per l’economia – Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica dell’Università degli Studi di Torino

Cosa apre le porte delle assemblee elettive alle donne?
Elena Ragazzi           Ricercatrice dell’Istituto di ricerca sulla crescita economica sostenibile del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche IRCrES; Professoressa a contratto di Economia e organizzazione aziendale - Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Ingegneria Meccanica del Politecnico di Torino

Oltre le quote: strategie e dinamiche di genere per un buon governo dei territori
Domenico Carbone  Ricercatore presso il Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza Scienze Politiche Economiche e Sociali dell’Università del Piemonte Orientale e Titolare del corso Metodologia delle Scienze Sociali
Lorenzo Pregliasco   Analista politico, cofondatore di Quorum e YouTrend; Professore a contratto presso la Scuola di Scienze politiche dell'Università di Bologna e docente alla Scuola Holden

Per informazioni e iscrizioni:
Comune di Moncalieri – Servizio Pari Opportunità - Giuliana Cerrato
Tel. 011.6401602 - E-mail:
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Segreteria organizzativa: S.&T. società cooperativa - Monica Andriolo
Tel. 011.8126730 - E-mail:
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Sébastien Bourdin and Elena Ragazzi, in the role of guest editors, are pleased to announce the publication of a special issue on the performance of regional policies in Europe. The special issue "La performance des politiques régionales en Europe"  on the RERU – Revue d’économie régionale et urbaine is devoted to the topic of public policy evaluation. It discusses, starting from lessons deriving from a survey of research works, quantitative and qualitative approaches adopted in the field of regional sciences, and it opens to the challenges for future research.


La Regione Autonoma della Sardegna ha pubblicato un Avviso per la formazione di una Short list di esperti a supporto del Nucleo Regionale di Valutazione e Verifica degli Investimenti Pubblici (NVVIP), istituito ai sensi dell'art.1 della L.144/99, in attuazione della Deliberazione della Giunta Regionale n. 16/19 del 28.3.2017. Chi fosse interessato ha la possibilità di inviare candidature entro il 24 maggio alle ore 13.00.

Di seguito gli indirizzi web di riferimento:,3&catrif=7949&s=35&v=9&c=7559&id=68330&va=


Per eventuali chiarimenti potete contattare Eloisa Canu all’indirizzo email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


The 31st ERSA Summer School "Regional Policy Analysis and Planning - Evaluation Theory and Practice" will be held from 1st to 8th July, 2018 in Bratislava.

During the summer school programme, selected participants will present their research and get feedback from proven scholars. They will also learn and discuss new challenges in policy evaluation theory and practice with prominent lecturers including: Jan Fidrmuc, Ugo Fratesi, Gunther Maier, Joaquim Oliveira Martins, Guido Pellegrini, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Attila Varga.  Places are limited to 30 participants.

Please note: deadline March 9th.

Further details and application here:


E’ stata organizzata una sessione su policy evaluation all'interno della conferenza ESPAnet Italia (Firenze, 13-15 settembre 2018). 

Se foste interessati a presentare i vostri lavori nella nostra sessione, qui trovate il link della call for paper:

La scadenza è il 30 marzo 2018.

Per ulteriori informazioni potete contattare l’organizzatore della sessione Loris Vergolini This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Manlio Rossi-Doria Center for Economic and Social Research of Roma Tre University is instituting an International School for advanced training: Public Policy Impact Assessment. Concepts, Methods, Applications.

Download Flyer Scuola (italiano, PDF)
Download Flyer School (English, PDF)

The School’s purpose is to provide the tools needed to assess the impact of government policies, in particular programs for territorial, industrial and trade development.

The School is designed for an audience with an interest and engagement in this kind of policy evaluation such as government functionaries, administrators, private professionals, researchers or doctoral students. The objective is to provide participants with the skills and capability for overall policy assessment, studying techniques in close association and interdependence with the specific context of the policies analysed.

The School course will be held at the Economics Department of Roma Tre University with the following schedule:

1) industrial and territorial policies (June 11th-15th: in Italian);

2) trade policies with a development perspective (June 18th-22nd: in English).

For further information, please contact the secretary of the course at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check the site:


The Journal of Economic Policy has launched a call for paper for a special issue on “Evaluating public policies with econometric models”. Guest editors are Guido de Blasio (Bank of Italy, Rome), Maria De Paola (University of Calabria, IZA) and Vincenzo Scoppa (University of Calabria, IZA and PEJEP associate editor).

The call for papers is here.

Papers of no more than 10,000 words (including abstract, keywords and JEL classification codes, and the additional information “Evaluating Public Policies Special Issue”) should be submitted to  


Manuscript submission deadline: May 15, 2018


Interdisciplinary Political Studies (IdPS) has opened a call for applications for membership of the Editorial Board. For full information please consult this link:

Applications should be addressed to the editors of the journal by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. enclosing a short CV with a subject title of ‘IdPS EB application’ (deadline 30/03).


This is a reminder that the deadline for submission of abstracts for the 2018 Congress of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA, Cork, 28-31 August) is fast approaching – 28 February 2018. Please consider submitting your abstract to one of the sessions by visiting, and in particular to one of the sessions concerning policy evaluation.


Apart the session on Counterfactual impact evaluation (already announced with NEWS N. 1), I would also like to draw your attention to the special session on EU Cohesion Policy organised jointly by Riccardo Crescenzi, Ugo Fratesi and Vassilis Monastiriotis – S46 Thirty years of EU Cohesion Policy: What works? Where? for Whom?


“Thirty years of EU Cohesion Policy: What works? Where? for Whom?”

Session Organisers: Riccardo Crescenzi (London School of Economics – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), Ugo Fratesi (Politecnico di Milano - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Vassilis Monastiriotis (London School of Economics - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


The ongoing scholarly and policy debates on past achievements and future perspectives of EU Cohesion Policy has moved from narrow questions on the overall policy impact (‘Does it work?’) to the more nuanced questions on the conditions that shape heterogeneous impacts (‘What works?’) across regions and policy areas. The debate is also giving increasing emphasis to the diversity of impacts that Cohesion Policy can bring about in the EU regions in terms of broader socio-economic, environmental and welfare level transformations. Convincing evidence-based answers to these questions are central to the debate on the future of EU Cohesion Policy after 2020 in the framework of increasing budget constraints following Brexit.

This Special Session invites papers that explore the features of EU Cohesion Policy and heterogeneous models of policy implementation in order to link them with heterogeneous impacts (‘For whom?’) and localized conditioning factors (‘Where?’). In order to address these fundamental issues this special session encourages papers that adopt appropriate methods for counterfactual analysis and/or capture the factors conditioning success and failure of Cohesion policy. Rigorous in-depth case studies are also very welcome.  The discussion of this selection of papers will make it possible to single out a set of high-level policy implications and contribute to the design of an agenda for future research in this field, informing an evidence-based debate on the future of EU Cohesion Policy.


You can find more information about the special session and the CfP at:


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European Week of Regions and Cities 2017
Counterfactual Methods for Regional and Urban Policy Evaluation SESSION - UNIV11C105


 NEWS   Dear    members,

On behalf of Marusca De Castris (University of Roma Tre, Department of Political Science This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. I announce you that the Department of Political Science, University Roma Tre has organized an international workshop:

"Recent Advances in Causal Inference for Policy Evaluation".

The workshop is endorsed by Italian Association of Regional Science (AISRe).

This is an advanced workshop in policy evaluation, focused on several econometric methods used to draw causal claims about the effectiveness of public policies and programs. The topics covered have special salience in the field of program evaluation.

Often depending on the identification strategy used, different empirical studies might give different or even opposite answers to the same policy question.

For this reason, it is crucial to understand pro and cons of the research designs and the econometric tools employed to generate such findings. To this end, the workshop will present recent advances in the field of casual inference such as mediation analysis, interaction among units, sample selection, and endogeneity in the presence of heterogeneous effects.


Schedule: May:  4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 30, 31

Weekly Seminars on May 2017


Guest Speakers:

Giovanni Mellace, University of Southern Denmark

May: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 30, 31

Laura Forastiere, University of Florence

May: 18

The venue is Department of Political Science, University Roma Tre, Via Gabriello Chiabrera, 199 Rome.


I would be grateful if you could bring this message to the attention of PhD students and to anyone who might be interested.

For further information and registration, please click on the button below:

Secretary: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Managed and organised by Elena Ragazzi and Lisa Sella