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(opens in a new window)Dr Micheál Collins is among a group of European researchers who secured funding for a new EC funded Cost Action project on the evaluation of public policy initiatives. The project, involving academics from 20+ EU states, is entitled (opens in a new window)PROFEEDBACK (COST Action CA20112) and is one of 40 successful awards, from a total of 462 applications.


The Action PROFEEDBACK aims to foster the networking of the policy evaluation community at EU-level, raise awareness on the importance of evaluation policy research and improve its impact on policy-making. The Platform, following a bottom-up and open approach, will gather researchers and professionals from various scientific fields and sectors to present and evaluate theories, topics, tools and methods of policy evaluation. Results of the Europe-wide assessment of good practices will provide direct and high-quality inputs for national and EU bodies responsible for policy evaluation.Policy evaluation is a key tool in understanding, developing and modernising EU policies, thus there is a growing demand for EU-wide and high quality evaluation services. The main challenge is that currently there is no bottom-up platform for European researchers and professionals working in policy evaluation. They have limited possibilities to discuss common problems, assess country specific practices and share their knowledge in a mutually beneficial and effective way.PROFEEDBACK aims to tackle this challenge with an innovative, complex, cross-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach by:
  • analysing the theoretical and methodological questions of evaluation policy research putting special focus on Cohesion Policy,

  • enriching scientific research of policy evaluation and addressing new challenges,

  • harmonizing fragmented approaches to set the research agenda and to get a common understanding,

  • contributing to the capacity building of the policy evaluation community,

  • involving national and EU policy-makers and the civil society to contribute to evidence-based policy-making,

  • framing a Code of Conduct for the policy evaluation community.

For more information please email (opens in a new window)ml.collins@ucd.ie

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