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Scientific Support to EU Decision Making

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Eurostat gave jointly a two days seminar on the use of data, indicators, models and measurement tools for policy purposes to officials and experts from EU institutions and Member States, central agencies and authorities involved in evidence-based decision making. Institutes, NGOs, journalists and researchers with an interest in the use of data for policy purposes were most welcome to participate in the debate.

Objectives

The objectives of the seminar were:

  • to present the latest developments and thinking within the policy community on evidence-based decision making
  • to provide a structured discussion of the advantages, the challenges and the limitations of the use of(statistical) data and evidence for policy purposes
  • to present the key issues in data-related policy debates (e.g. composite indicators, valuation,modelling)
  • to learn by exchange of experiences and best practices how to ensure transparency, accountability and acceptance of evidence-based policy making

AGENDA

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17 September 2012

  • 08:30 – 09:15 Registration of participants
  • 09:15 – 09:30 Welcome and general remarks (David Wilkinson, Director Scientific Policy and Stakeholder Relations, JRC, EC) PDF Transcript

SESSION 1:  WHAT KNOWLEDGE DO WE NEED FOR POLICY MAKING? (Chair: Denis Fischbacher-Smith, University of Glasgow, UK)

  • 09:30 – 10:00 Uncertainty and quality in science for policy (Jerome Ravetz, Univ. Oxford, UK) PDF Download video MP4 (22Mb)
  • 10:00 – 10:30  Are social indicators useful for policy-making? (P.M. Boulanger, Inst. Développement Durable, BE) PDF
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 11:30  Does the use of indicators influence the policy making processes? Presentation of the results from the POINT project (Pia Frederiksen, Univ. of Aarhus, DK) PDF
  • 12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

SESSION 2:   HOW CAN WE IMPROVE THE SCIENTIFIC AND STATISTICAL SUPPORT TO THE IMPACT ASSESSMENT PROCESS? (Chair: Elisabeth Golberg, Director, Secretariat General, EC)

  • 13:30 – 14:00  Impact Assessments: rules and substances (Michael Gremminger, Secretariat General, EC) PDF
  • 14:00 – 14:30 Statistics for all: How to educate citizens to understand figures? (Denise Lievesley, Kings College London and Chair ECAS, UK) 
  • 14:30  – 15:00 Testing the validity of models and indicators (Andrea Saltelli. JRC, EC) PDF with notes Download video MP4 (38Mb)
  • 15:00 – 15:30  Discussion (Moderator: Elisabeth Golberg, Director, Secretariat General, EC)
  • 15:30 – 16:00 Coffe break

KEYNOTE SPEECHES:

  • 16:00 – 16:30 Statistics in the XXI Century - Challenges & opportunities (Walter Radermacher, Chief Statistician of the EU, Director-General, ESTAT, EC)  PDF
  • 16:30 – 17:00  Scientific support to the EU policy making: the JRC experience (Dominique Ristori, Director-General, JRC, EC) PDF
  • 17:00   End of first day

18 September 2012

SESSION 3:   HOW CAN WE MEASURE PROGRESS? (Chair: Marleen De Smedt, Adviser, ESTAT, EC)

  • 09:00 – 09:30  From measuring to fostering wellbeing: what are the next steps? (Enrico Giovannini, Director, Istituto nazionale di statistica - ISTAT, IT)  PDF Download video MP4 (60Mb)
  • 09:30 – 10:00  Indicators for broad EU policy programmes (Ales Capek, ESTAT, EC) PDF
  • 10:00 - 10:30  Coffee break
  • 10:30 - 11:00 How can we measure progress: the example of environmental accounts (Walter Radermacher, Chief Statistician of the EU, Director-General, ESTAT, EC) PDF
  • 11:00 – 11:30 How can we measure progress: the Dutch experience (Rutger Hoekstra / Jan Pieter Smits, Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek - CBS, NL) PDF MP4 (40Mb)
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Statistical (and composite) Indicators for Policy Analysis (Michela Nardo, JRC, EC) PDF Download video MP4 (40Mb)
  • 12.00 – 12.30  Discussion (Marleen De Smedt, Adviser, ESTAT, EC)
  • 12:30 – 14:00  Lunch

SESSION 4:  WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PRESENT DATA AND EVIDENCE TO DECISION MAKERS? (Chair: JRC, EC)

  • 14:00 – 14:30   Employment and social developments in Europe (Georg Fischer, Director, DG EMPL, EC)  PDF
  • 14:30 – 15:00   How do we present evidence on environmental impacts? (Robin Miege, Director, DG ENV, EC) PDF
  • 15:00 – 15.30  Communication of statistics for policy use (Per Nymand-Andersen, Adviser, European Central Bank)  PDF
  • 15:30 – 16:00  Coffee break
  • 16:00 – 17:00 ROUNDTABLE DEBATE: HOW CAN WE TAKE EVIDENCE BASED POLICY MAKING IN EUROPE TO THE NEXT LEVEL? (Moderator: Andrea Saltelli, JRC, EC) PDF
    • Georg Fischer, Director, DG EMPL, EC
    • Enrico Giovannini, Director, ISTAT, IT
    • Robin Miege, Director, DG ENV, EC
    • Per Nymand-Andersen, Advisor, ECB, 
  • 17:00   Closure of the seminar 

Contact details

For further details, please contact: eudecisionmaking@jrc.ec.europa.eu