Policy labs: the next frontier of policy design and evaluation?

Karol Olejniczak , Sylwia Borkowska-Waszak , Anna Domaradzka-Widła , Yaerin Park


The article explores the potential benefits to public policy of combining traditional evaluative inquiry with insights developed dynamically in policy labs. Twenty leading labs from five continents are critically analysed through a literature review as well as policy and programme evaluation practices, assessing the extent to which the purpose, structures and processes used in policy labs address three challenges: (1) establishing the causality and value of public interventions, (2) explaining mechanisms of change, and (3) utilising research findings in public policy. The article concludes that creating synergies between evaluation inquiry and policy labs can improve the design and implementation of public policy and programmes.
Author Karol Olejniczak (Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych w Warszawie)
Karol Olejniczak,,
- Wydział Nauk Humanistycznych i Społecznych w Warszawie
, Sylwia Borkowska-Waszak
Sylwia Borkowska-Waszak,,
, Anna Domaradzka-Widła
Anna Domaradzka-Widła,,
, Yaerin Park
Yaerin Park,,
Journal seriesPolicy and Politics, ISSN 0305-5736, e-ISSN 1470-8442, (N/A 100 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets1.05
Keywords in Englishevaluation practice; policy design; policy innovation; policy labs; public policy
ASJC Classification3312 Sociology and Political Science; 3321 Public Administration; 2308 Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)100
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.32; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 1.25 (2) - 2017=2.165 (5)
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