SOQUA Summer School 2010

Evidence-based Policy-making and Social Impact Assessment

Evidence-based policy-making and social impact assessment are important approaches throughout the European political arena. They help decision-makers working in politics and public administration design more effective and efficient measures. Moreover, they have become a growing field of activity for scientists.

For the first time ever in Austria, the SOQUA Summer School took up these topics comprehensively, offering participants a unique opportunity to delve into the theoretical background and basic application of evidence-based policy-making and social impact assessment, as well as the issues surrounding them. International experts will report about the current debates and provide insight into the latest trends and applications.

The top-level keynote presentations scheduled for the first week were followed in the second week by six policy workshops on how to translate theory into practice. Participants exchanged their experiences in specific policy areas and discussed the practicability and feasibility of these approaches in an Austrian context with experts and practitioners.

The two-day wrap-up symposium offered the interested public a chance to become familiar with the topic and its value for Austrian policy-makers. Administrators, politicians, scientists and interest groups met and exchange dopinions on key issues for the future of Europe in an intellectually stimulating setting.

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