June 12, 2019 – June 14, 2019 all-day Europe/Rome Timezone

Executive Training Seminar

Academy of Global Governance, in collaboration with the School of Transnational Governance


Scientific Coordinators: Gaby Umbach | Director Globalstat, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute; and Caterina F. Guidi | Coordinator Globalstat, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute



In times of increasing populism and contestation of politics, reliable information plays a vital role for well-informed policy-making based on evidence rather than emotions and fake news. The popular legitimacy of any political system around the world today, maybe more than ever, depends on its effective capacity to successfully deliver good and targeted outcomes as a policy-shaper and law-maker based on facts. These outcomes have to be based on reliable data in order to make political decisions understandable, assessable, sustainable and future-oriented.

Within the preparatory and scrutiny processes of policy-making, policy proposals, legislative acts and implementation arrangements are increasingly assessed and evaluated on the basis of factual evidence and statistical data. Such evidence-based monitoring is increasingly recognised as a complex steering mode in itself that resulted from changing governance patterns supranationalisation and globalisation. Therefore, evidence-based policy-making reflects the need to re-structure the interaction of political actors of different institutional origins and political levels and represents an influential policy instrument at the border of the politics and policy dimensions of multilevel political systems.

While the demand for independent sources of evidence and expertise in policy-making has hence grown enormously, the landscape of data sources and the ways how to best inject evidence into policy-making have grown exuberantly and become easily confusing for any non-data scientist. The present Executive Training Seminar will contribute to a better understanding of different modes and instruments of evidence-based policy-making. It will examine recent developments in evidence-based policy-making, data science and policy evaluation, including various tools of impact and implementation assessment, scientific evaluation, strategic foresight, the policy-oriented use of large data resources and data visualisation. The main purpose of the Executive Training Seminar is to provide fresh ideas on how to develop a convincing toolbox for providing evidence for policy-makers, including critical assessments of the limits of empirical and data evidence in defining new policies. Through presentations, case studies, and ‘hands on’ work, attendees will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of main issues related to evidence-based policy-making.

Final programme (by 7 May 2019)



Ricardo Borges de Castro | European Commission, Belgium
Jonathan Breckon | Alliance for Useful Evidence, United Kingdom
Tracey Brown | Sense about Science, United Kingdom
Christian Dietrich | European Union Institute for Security Studies, France
Caterina Francesca Guidi | European University Institute, Italy
Sandy Oliver | University College London, United Kingdom
Giulio Sabbati | European Parliament Research Service, Belgium
Holger Straßheim | University of Bielefeld, Germany
Gaby Umbach | European University Institute, Italy
Barend van der Meulen | Leiden University, Netherlands