Provide impartial analysis and pragmatic policy solutions that advance science and innovation
Policy-makers are today, perhaps more than ever before, under pressure to base their intervention and legislation on evidence. As such, they are badly in need of resilient data, empirical evidence and narratives explaining and supporting their decisions in increasingly complex, multidimensional and interrelated settings.
Over the past few years, there has been much discussion about how governments can improve the use of evidence, novel datasets and policy-frameworks in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy decision-making.
The knowledge and evidence proved to be highly relevant to frame policy discussions, understand some of the dynamics of innovation in all its forms and abstract from highly complex real-world situations. Outside expert opinion and knowledge has been influential in structuring policy problems, prescribing policies and evaluating and forecasting policy outcomes. From a review of the STI policy tools applied by domain experts, it is our feeling that aggregated qualitative expert knowledge in a publicly-accessible and simple online format has been largely omitted.
To complement and alleviate methodological weaknesses of existing policy tools conveying individual expert opinion (policy evaluations, expert workshops, policy papers, etc.) and to build upon similar approaches (e.g. NISTEP survey), it is our contention that collecting aggregated expert opinion in a regular manner on issues of recent interest to STI policy-makers could prove beneficial in offering timely and objective evidence-based policy advice. If to be of value, additional expert panels in other policy domains (environmental, entrepreneurship, tax) may be established.
Who is behind the Confab Club
This Confab Club was created by Daniel Kupka, former OECD Economist and now Policy Consultant.
The Confab Club is a non-profit project and received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.