A Policy Research Method Case-Study: Generating and Extracting Evidence-based Policy Inferences from a large EC Framework Programme Project

Tanja Sinozic, Mete Basar Baypinar, Edward M. Bergman, Miklos Hornyak, Ferenc Kruzslicz, Attila Varga

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Abstract

In 2004 the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) was instituted following the greatest
single enlargement of the European Union (EU), to support security and peaceful relations
between the EU and neighbouring countries with a unified governance approach to economic,
social and political aspects of international cooperation. This paper reports on an effort to
develop and test a methodology for bridging social science research and policy communities
on an important policy question that concerns comity between the EU and its Eurasian,
Middle Eastern and North African neighbouring countries1, although the approach applies to
any broad policy issue for which multiple sources and types of research evidence are present.
Five evaluative elements are developed and implemented whose complementary application
result in a large set of policy inferences, a strategy of implementation, and researcher insights
concerning the method. This case study suggests that the recommended evidence synthesis
methodology has good potential for informing policy that is comprised of multiple elements,
studied by large research teams, and enacted by diverse agents. The suggested methodology
requires engagement by active researchers and policy experts in the formulation of policy
options. It is put forward that improving the quality of evidence-informed policy will depend
upon institutions and practices in the research and policy making communities. (authors' abstract)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherWU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Publication series

NameSRE - Discussion Papers
No.2015/04

WU Working Paper Series

  • SRE - Discussion Papers

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