Public policy

In co-operation with the Overseas Development Institute (UK) and the Center for Policy Studies at CEU, Budapest with sponsorship of the European Commission FP6 "Structuring the European Research Area"

Course date

11 July - 15 July, 2005
Application deadline:
15 February, 2005
Course Director(s): 

Diane Stone

University of Warwick, PAIS, Warwick, United Kingdom

John Young

Overseas Development Institute, London, United Kingdom
Course Faculty: 

Julius Court

Overseas Development Institute, London, United Kingdom

Erik Johnston

Arizona State University, Tempe, College of Public Programs, School of Public Affairs, Phoenix, United States of America

Stella Ladi

Ministry of the Aegean, Athens, Greece

Uwe Puetter

Central European University, Center for Policy Studies, Budapest, Hungary

Violetta Zentai

Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
The poor and marginalized tend to benefit when civil society organizations (CSOs) are engaged in shaping policy, particularly when engagement is well-informed and leads to evidence-based policy. Often, however, CSO’s policy engagement fails to do justice both to the complexity of policy processes as well as to the quality of the research and analysis that is available to help CSOs inform policy.
The course is designed to help CSOs make their engagement with policy processes and policy actors more effective and legitimate by cultivating improved understanding of policy entrepreneurship and policy making at local, national and international levels. The central objective is to improve the quality, and utilization, of policy research produced by experts in CSOs to help ensure that their analysis is provided to policymakers at the time important issues are under deliberation.
This 1-week course is designed for mid-level managers, researchers and communications officers from think tanks, university policy centers and NGOs that are attempting to influence the policy process in emerging democracies. The organizers also welcome doctoral candidates interested in communicating the policy applications of their research on poverty and/or social inclusion.