School of Transnational Governance

Evidence Informed Policy Making: Knowledge and Instruments



Date: June 2021

Place: Online

Course Coordinators: Claudio Radaelli (Professor, EUI - School of Transnational Governance) and Gaia Taffoni (Research Fellow, EUI - School of Transnational Governance)

  Training Programme



This Executive Training will focus on the many pathways to robust evidence-based policy-making. The programme will consider the reality and complexity of policy process design, given the dynamics of political attention and crisis management as ‘the new normal’.

This training delivers the best available and most realistic knowledge on how individuals and organisations make decisions throughout the public policy process.  Accompanied by addressing a wide-range of approaches and instruments designed to make the voice of evidence heard when policies are formulated, designed and implemented, participants will actively work on a suite of case studies and practical testimonials from the field, to include original testimonies from activists who have deployed civil disobedience for the right to science.


Who should attend

  • Public managers 
  • Scientists who participate in advisory bodies, EU committees, inquiries, parliamentary hearings.
  • Officers dealing with the design of appraisal and evaluation programmes.
  • Researchers working in independent think tanks and advisory bodies, as well as civil society organisations.
  • European Commission’s officers that design tenders for studies, evaluations, and impact assessments.


How you will learn

  • Interaction among participants (peer-to-peer)
  • Co-creation of usable knowledge with the instructors
  • Testimonies
  • Case studies
  • Reflective learning sessions with appropriate tools


What you will learn:

  • How to effectively produce and communicate evidence in the policy process and to decision-makers.
  • A selection of cases showing different modes of learning from evidence
  • The different roles that experts and expertise play in public policy processes.
  • How to leverage evidence in situations dominated by organisational ambiguity and limited attention to science and evidence.
  • How to deploy different tools and policies.


Fees: 1300 € 

A discount of 25% will be applied to the charges for international European and national civil servants, as well as to members of NGOs.


Course Coordinators:

Claudio Radaelli is a political scientist specialised in public policy and a full professor at the EUI School of Transnational Governance. Professor Radaelli was awarded two advanced grants by the European Research Council (ERC). He brings to the European University Institute the ERC project ‘Protego, Procedural Tools for Effective Governance’. He has published more than 80 referenced articles in a variety of political science journals and is author to 55 book chapters. As visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, he continues to offer a workshop on regulatory reform.

Gaia Taffoni is research fellow at the EUI School of Transnational Governance. She is currently working on the ERC project Protego’ where she focuses on  policy instruments of Administrative Judicial Review. She most recently published a book on 'The Politics of EU Judicial Support' where she explored judicial transformations in Jordan and Morocco during the last decade and the role played by EU programs on rules of law support.

Tracey Brown has been the director of ‘Sense about Science’ since 2002. Under her leadership, the charity has transformed the case for sound science and evidence into popular campaigns that urge scientific thinking among the public and the people who answer to them. Tracey leads Sense about Science’s work on the transparency of evidence used by governments in policy, to ensure that the public has access to the same evidence and reasoning as decision makers. In June 2017 Tracey was made an OBE, for services to science. A regular public speaker and discussion chair, Tracey writes frequently about scientific evidence, policy and the public in national media.