Evidence-Based Policy Making (Conference)

A Collaborative Event of WIFO, IHS and CEU

Call for Papers – submissions until February 5th


The second edition of this successfully incepted conference series focuses on the use of data and statistics in evidence-based policymaking. It aims at highlighting new and exciting research in the field of applied evidence-based policy making, and addresses current topics in data-driven, empirical research, with an emphasis on policy applications. The focus of the conference is on Austria, but papers dealing with other areas / countries as well as comparative studies are also welcome.

The conference brings together two separate, yet intricately related topics. On the one hand, it wants to foster the exchange of conceptual, policy-related, and methodological issues among researchers and between researchers and policymakers. Some of these more scientific questions concern: What is the state-of-the-art in research providing evidence for policymaking? What are innovative conceptual and methodological approaches, and what kind of empirical findings can those provide? How can we combine exploratory approaches and causal inference methods? How might the process of accumulating the facts necessary for evidence-based decision making be affected when policy makers are responding to political incentives? Might evidence itself become an issue of political debate? What does "post-truth" political rhetoric imply for the future of evidence-based policy making? It is expected that successful papers explicitly contribute to advancing the state of the art with respect to one or more of these questions. On the other hand, the conference also provides space for exchange on some of the imminent, yet enduring questions regarding the relationship between evidence and policymaking, and providers of evidence (aka experts) and policymakers. What are the conditions under which empirical evidence is taken up for policymaking? How can we create an environment that is sensitive to data protection issues, while still being able to connect different data sources? What is the role of data providers in this regard? Can we harness big data to improve policy-decisions? While paper givers are not expected to tackle any of these more political questions in their papers, they should be ready to address them in their presentation, and also be prepared to discuss them during their respective panel session.

Target Audience

Researchers and academics in the field of policy research in Vienna and policy makers. The conference is a “meet and greet” for researchers from IHS, WIFO and CEU, but it is also open to researchers from other institutes and universities, and to the wider public, to showcase exciting new research in the field of applied evidence-based policy making. Therefore, policy makers will also be invited.

Conference Format

One day gathering, length will be determined based on the number and quality of submitted papers.


Accepted are contributions from researchers based in Austria. The topic of the different parts of the conference will be clustered based on the proposed papers,