How to conduct Policy Research?

Tirana, September 2006

 

On 21-23 September 2006, AGENDA Institute (AI) and European Stability Initiative (ESI) with the financial support of the Open Society Institute, Hungary, organized a two-day seminar on “How to Conduct Policy Research” for young (potential) policy researches from Albania.

The overall objective of the seminar was to foster local capacities for independent policy research in Albania. The main aims of the two-day capacity building seminar were to raise the participant’s methodological skills in order to allow them to carry out independent policy-oriented research in the country and to develop basic skills for respective policy advocacy.

The main beneficiaries were young Albanians who show an interest in better understanding and addressing the unique development challenges facing Albania especially after the signing of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, and who are eager to achieve policy impact on the basis of empirical field-based research.

The purpose of the seminar was to introduce the research methodology that ESI has developed in the past six years and to apply a similar set of questions and techniques to understanding economic and social trends in their own society. The training components were about field research, economic and social development, writing an effective research/policy paper and about outreach and approaching policy makers and media.

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