ERSA Summer School 2018
Regional Policy : Analysis and Planning – Evaluation Theory and Practice
1-8 July 2018, Bratislava, Slovakia

Preliminary structure of the summer school

Session A: Regional Policy and Planning: theories and objectives
In this session the key questions on the relevance of regional policy, its theoretical foundations and rationale will be discussed.

Session B: Practice of Policy Evaluation
This session will discuss the importance of evaluating policy interventions. Policy evaluation practitioners and advisors will share their experiences and knowledge on challenges and issues of evaluation practice.

Session C: Evaluation Methods of Policy Analysis
In this session topics such as program evaluation, research design, measurement, data management, statistical analysis and presentation will be covered. In class activities will provide hands on experience managing and analysing data.

Session D: Students’ presentations
All participants will have an opportunity to present their research and discuss concepts, data, methods and preliminary results. To each presenter a discussant will be appointed.

Brief Description

The 31st ERSA Summer School in Bratislava is devoted to the theory and practice of policy evaluation and regional planning. The evaluation of the policy impact is increasingly being used for strategic learning, transparency and accountability, program design and regional policy formulation, which altogether enhances the overall effectiveness of the policy. Summer school participants will have an opportunity to discuss new challenges in policy evaluation theory and practice. The summer school will include a mixture of lectures and computer workshops in which participants will apply the different methods to real data.


Slovak Section of European Regional Science Association Faculty of National Economy, University of Economics in Bratislava

Who should apply?

The main objective of the summer school is to bring together young researchers from the field of policy analysis, EU cohesion policy, regional development and policy evaluation both from the academic sphere and practitioners. The ERSA Summer Schools targets on PhD students, junior researchers and analysts with less than 10 years of research experience mainly but not exclusively from European countries.


University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia


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