CRDCN 2012 National Conference: Mark your calendar!
The CRDCN National 2012 Conference will take place in Fredericton, New Brunswick on October 23-24, 2012. The theme this year is Evidence-Based Policy formation and Evaluation.
Evidence-Based Policy Formation and Evaluation
CRDCN National Conference 2012
Fredericton, New Brunswick October 23-24, 2012
A crucial component of effective policymaking is that policy be consistent with the best available empirical evidence. However, years of fiscal austerity and budget crises in many jurisdictions have meant the government’s capacity to formulate evidence-based policy can be limited, not only in terms of the ability to conduct evaluative research but also to interpret the available research effectively.
In this context, academia has an increasingly important role to play in doing research that is relevant to government policy needs, and in working with government officers to convey the lessons of the research in an effective fashion. In this way, academic researchers can have an important role in influencing policymakers and shaping agendas in ways that benefit all Canadians.
This conference is about research that influences and/or evaluates government policy. Areas include but are not limited to immigration, labour market, child development, education, pension reform, health care, income support and other forms of social security.
In addition to invited plenary sessions, conference highlights will include the following: 1) a session in which federal and provincial policymakers discuss their research needs and comment both on how well academic research is meeting these needs and on how research could be adapted to better meet these needs; and 2) a session in which academics discuss the parallel challenge for the research community of conducting research on specific policy considerations in collaboration with government.
On October 22, pre-conference workshops will include a course on the latest methods in policy evaluation, including experimental economics, social experiments, and data limitations.
The conference will be hosted by the UNB-RDC in conjunction with branch RDCs in Moncton and St. John’s, and with the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network. Look for a call for papers to come out in late January 2012.