Evidence-based policy - challenges and possibilities

Date: 20 - 21 October 2016

This conference is organized by the Institute for futures studies in cooperation with the Network for evidence-based policy, a Swedish network of academics, journalists and civil servants concerned with improving the quality of government and welfare services through the application of the scientific method. In particular, we want to explore and educate the public on the possibilities of using methodological innovations pioneered by evidence-based medicine. Among the most powerful tools from this area are randomized controlled trials (RCT), systematic reviews and meta-analysis. While not totally absent from policy studies, these tools have not yet been widely deployed, nor are they well understood by policy makers and the general public.

Program “Conference on evidence-based policy”

Format (except keynote): Lecture 45 min. Commentary + Q&A: 30 min.

Thursday October 20

10:00-12:00 KEYNOTE Nancy Cartwright, UCSD: "Understanding and misunderstanding randomized controlled trials" The talk will be filmed.
12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:45 Richard Bradley, LSE: “Models, Policy and Uncertainty”

13:45-14:15 Commentary + Q&A (Orri Stefansson, IF)

14:15-14:30 Coffee

14:30-15:15 Till Grüne Yanhoff, Royal Institute of Technology: “Welfare Assessment of Default-Setting Policies”
15:15-15:45 Commentary + Q&A (Karim Jebari, IF)

15:45-16:15 Coffee + sandwich

16:15-17:00 Christina Gravert, Göteborg University: “The hidden costs of nudging: Experimental evidence from reminders in fundraising”

17:00-17:30 Commentary + Q&A (Gustav Nilsonne, Karolinska Institutet)

17:30-18:15 Stefan Schubert, Centre for Effective Altruism: “Effective altruism, dynamic effects and coordination”

18:15-18:45 Commentary + Q&A (Julia Mosquera, IF)

18:45-19:15 Reception (drinks)

19:30 Dinner

Friday October 21

10:30-10:45 Coffee

10:45-11:30 Sven-Ove Hansson, Royal Institute of Technology: “When does science tell us what to do?”

11:30-12:00 Commentary + Q&A (Karim Jebari, IF)

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-13:45 Katherine Furman, LSE: “Culpable Ignorance and Suppressed Disagreement in the Context of Evidence-Based Policy: The Case of South African AIDS Denialism
13:45-14:15 Commentary + Q&A (Emma Frans, Karolinska Institutet)

14:15-14:30 Coffee

14:30-15:15 Mark Kleiman, NYU: “Becker v. Beccaria: Theory and Evidence on Deterrence” (On Skype)


For more information, contact Karim Jebari.

The conference will take place at the Institute for Futures Studies, Holländargatan 13 i Stockholm

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