Evidence-Based Public Policy Analysis for Central Asia - training in Bishkek



Start date01/06/2010
End date18/11/2010

In cooperation with and under the auspices of OSCE Academy, the Budapest Institute organized a training in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from the 27th of September to the  1st of October, 2010. The week-long, Russian-English bilingual training was designed to introduce Central Asian civil servants, academic experts, NGO activists, and local professionals who work for think tanks and international organizations with an interest in public policy to the language and approaches of Public Policy Analysis, with a stress on evidance-based policy formulation and evaluation.
The syllabus of the training (written by Balázs Váradi, who also taught the course and Petra Reszkető) started with presenting methodological considerations, followed by lectures on the importance of the context in dealing with public policy issues. The second part of the training followed the steps of the public policy cycle (agenda setting / policy formulation / decision / implementation / evaluation) in discussing methods, issues and dilemmas related to each step. The inclusion of a dozen short case studies (made available in both languages beforehand) taken from the experience of  different countries and addressing different public policy issues was meant to help participants relate to the approaches presented.
The third part of the training consisted of discussing in detail two public policy cases from Central Asia (with the help of OSCE Academy's Maxim Ryabkov) and of the participants presenting the public policy case studies they themselves wrote. Participants have a month to use what they have learnt to write a policy brief on a topic they themselves hold dear.

CustomerOSCE - OSCE Academy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Coordinator Balázs Váradi