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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.




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

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


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

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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:

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