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Policy Evaluation in the Swiss Political System - Roots and Fruits

Applicant Widmer Thomas
Number 141893
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Institut für Politikwissenschaft Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.01.2013 - 31.12.2016
Approved amount 1'554'008.00
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Keywords (13)

policy evaluation; evaluation culture; direct democracy; public policies; new public management; evidence based policy; parliaments; federalism; evaluation clauses; public policy; political system; Switzerland; utilization research

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

This Sinergia project addresses the questions of how policy evaluation in Switzerland is influenced by the Swiss political system, and how policy evaluation in turn influences the Swiss political system. This topic is of great theoretical significance for political science and public administration theory, because until now, research on the relationship between specific attributes of political systems and the practice and institutionalization of policy evaluation is missing. It is also of great practical relevance, because considerable resources are invested in evaluations each year, and we need to know how to best make use of this investment and how to avoid negative consequences. To link attributes of policy evaluation with policy, polity, and politics in a comprehensive approach is considered as an innovative and fruitful research track.

The Swiss political system is ideal for studying this question: Firstly, it has a high degree of internal heterogeneity that allows for within-system comparisons. Secondly, two attributes of the Swiss political system are of special relevance for policy evaluation, namely: federalism and direct democracy. Some scholars claim that federalism increases the demand for evaluations, others argue the opposite, and the same is true for direct democracy. A similar lack of consensus exists with respect to the influence of policy evaluation on the Swiss political system. In addition, a systematic analysis of interdependencies between attributes of the Swiss political system and evaluation is lacking, especially at the subnational level. Therefore, the Sinergia project analyzes these relationships through comparisons at the cantonal level, and by using longitudinal and cross-sectional, inter-policy comparison.

In detail, the following four subprojects constitute the Sinergia project:

Subproject 1, led by A. Balthasar (University of Lucerne) and F. Varone (University of Geneva), asks about the relevance of policy sector and administrative unit attributes for policy evaluation by comparing twenty cases (1990-2011) in education, health, energy and public transport policy from four cantons and the Federation.

Subproject 2, directed by K. Horber-Papazian (IDHEAP Lausanne) and A. Flückiger (University of Geneva), analyzes the reasons for and the consequences of evaluation clauses in federal and cantonal laws. The study consists of a comprehensive survey and analysis of current (2011) obligations to conduct evaluations in all federal and cantonal laws.

Subproject 3, managed by F. Sager and V. Friedrich (both University of Berne), concentrates on direct democracy and asks about the use of evaluations in direct democratic campaigns. The focus is on education and health policy at the cantonal and federal level. An extensive survey of all votes at cantonal and federal levels from 1990 to 2011 will be conducted, as well as eight case studies of selected campaigns.

Subproject 4, run by T. Widmer and K. Frey (both University of Zurich), analyses the relationships between policy evaluation and parliaments at the cantonal and federal levels by conducting a survey among the about 3’000 members of parliament at both levels. Multi-level data analyses will be conducted, as will a comparison of 27 cases (3 policies from 3 policy sectors (education, health and energy policy) in 3 cantons).

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Publications

Publication
Wissen, was funktioniert: Die Nutzung von Politikevaluationen in den Schweizer Parlamenten
EberliDaniela (2020), Wissen, was funktioniert: Die Nutzung von Politikevaluationen in den Schweizer Parlamenten, in Parlament Parlement Parlamento, 23(1), 33-40.
Policy evaluation in parliament: interest groups as catalysts
Varone Frédéric, Bundi Pirmin, Gava Roy (2020), Policy evaluation in parliament: interest groups as catalysts, in International Review of Administrative Sciences, 86(1), 98-114.
Wechselwirkungen von Politik und Evaluation: Befunde aus der Schweiz
WidmerThomas (2020), Wechselwirkungen von Politik und Evaluation: Befunde aus der Schweiz, in dms – der moderne staat – Zeitschrift für Public Policy, Recht und Management, 13(1), 44-60.
Factors Contributing to the Strong Institutionalization of Policy Evaluation in Switzerland
Horber-Papazian Katia, Baud-Lavigne Marion (2019), Factors Contributing to the Strong Institutionalization of Policy Evaluation in Switzerland, in Soguel Nils, Ladner Andreas, Emery Yves, Nahrath Stéphane, Weerts Sophie (ed.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, 355-370.
Die Nutzung von Evaluationen in den Schweizer Parlamenten
EberliDaniela (2019), Die Nutzung von Evaluationen in den Schweizer Parlamenten, Seismo Verlag, Sozialwissenschaften und Gesellschaftsfragen AG, Zürich.
From law to reality. A critical view on the institutionalization of evaluation in the Swiss Canton of Geneva’s parliament.
Horber-PapazianKatia, RosserChristian (2019), From law to reality. A critical view on the institutionalization of evaluation in the Swiss Canton of Geneva’s parliament., in Furubo Jan-Eric, Stame Nicoletta (ed.), Routledge, New York, 83-110.
La professionalisation dans les parlaments cantonaux
EberliDaniela, BütikoferSarah, BundiPirmin (2019), La professionalisation dans les parlaments cantonaux, in Mazzoleni Oscar, Pilotti Andrea (ed.), Editions Livreo-Alphil, Neuchâtel, 91-126.
Wie beeinflussen sich Evaluation und New Public Management? Analyse am Beispiel von Schweizer Kantonsverwaltungen
DolderOlivier (2019), Wie beeinflussen sich Evaluation und New Public Management? Analyse am Beispiel von Schweizer Kantonsverwaltungen, Haupt, Bern.
Aristotelian framing: logos, ethos, pathos and the use of evidence in policy frames
Stucki Iris, Sager Fritz (2018), Aristotelian framing: logos, ethos, pathos and the use of evidence in policy frames, in Policy Sciences, 51(3), 373-385.
Policy evaluation and democracy: Do they fit?
Sager Fritz (2018), Policy evaluation and democracy: Do they fit?, in Evaluation and Program Planning, 69, 125-129.
The Political Use of Evidence and Its Contribution to Democratic Discourse
Schlaufer Caroline, Stucki Iris, Sager Fritz (2018), The Political Use of Evidence and Its Contribution to Democratic Discourse, in Public Administration Review, 78(4), 645-649.
The Making of the Informed Voter: A Split-Ballot Survey on the Use of Scientific Evidence in Direct-Democratic Campaigns
Stucki Iris, Pleger Lyn E., Sager Fritz (2018), The Making of the Informed Voter: A Split-Ballot Survey on the Use of Scientific Evidence in Direct-Democratic Campaigns, in Swiss Political Science Review, 24(2), 115-139.
Evidence-based arguments in direct democracy: The case of smoking bans in Switzerland
Stucki Iris (2018), Evidence-based arguments in direct democracy: The case of smoking bans in Switzerland, in Evaluation and Program Planning, 69, 148-156.
La professionalizzazione dei parlamenti cantonali.
EberliDaniela, BütikoferSarah, BundiPirmin (2018), La professionalizzazione dei parlamenti cantonali., in Pilotti Andrea, Mazzoleni Oscar (ed.), Armando Dadò editore, Locarno, 75-102.
Parliamentarians’ strategies for policy evaluations
Bundi Pirimin (2018), Parliamentarians’ strategies for policy evaluations, in Evaluation and Program Planning, 69, 130-138.
Self-Selection and Misreporting in Legislative Surveys.
Widmer Thomas, Bundi Pirmin, Varone Frédéric, Gava Roy (2018), Self-Selection and Misreporting in Legislative Surveys., in Political Science Research and Methods, 6(4), 771-789.
The contribution of evaluations to the discourse quality of newspaper content
Schlaufer Caroline (2018), The contribution of evaluations to the discourse quality of newspaper content, in Evaluation and Program Planning, 69, 157-165.
The Narrative Uses of Evidence
Schlaufer Caroline (2018), The Narrative Uses of Evidence, in Policy Studies Journal, 46(1), 90-118.
Tracing the use of evaluations in legislative processes in Swiss cantonal parliaments.
Eberli Daniela (2018), Tracing the use of evaluations in legislative processes in Swiss cantonal parliaments., in Evaluation and Program Planning, 69, 139-147.
Varieties of accountability. How attributes of policy fields shape parliamentary oversight
Bundi Pirmin (2018), Varieties of accountability. How attributes of policy fields shape parliamentary oversight, in Governance, 31(3), 163-183.
Zwischen Beruf und Politik: Die Professionalisierung in den Parlamenten.
BundiPirmin, EberliDaniela, BütikoferSarah (2018), Zwischen Beruf und Politik: Die Professionalisierung in den Parlamenten., in Vatter Adrian (ed.), NZZ Verlag, Zürich, 315-344.
Arguing about smoking bans: The role of evidence in the social construction of conflicting policy ideas
Stucki Iris (2017), Arguing about smoking bans: The role of evidence in the social construction of conflicting policy ideas, in Critical Policy Studies, 11(4), 411-432.
Between Occupation and Politics: Legislative Professionalization in the Swiss Cantons
Bundi Pirmin, Eberli Daniela, Bütikofer Sarah (2017), Between Occupation and Politics: Legislative Professionalization in the Swiss Cantons, in Swiss Political Science Review., 23(1), 1-20.
Das politische System der Schweiz und seine Kontaktpunkte zur Evaluation
Sager Fritz, Künzler Johanna, Lutz Philipp (2017), Das politische System der Schweiz und seine Kontaktpunkte zur Evaluation, in Widmer Thomas, Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 23-48.
Die Bedeutung von Evaluationen im direktdemokratischen Diskurs
Stucki Iris, Schlaufer Caroline (2017), Die Bedeutung von Evaluationen im direktdemokratischen Diskurs, in Widmer Thomas, Sager Fritz, Balthasar Andreas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 279-310.
Die Evaluationstätigkeit in der Schweiz: ausgewählte Entwicklungen im Vergleich
Frey Kathrin, Di Giorgi Vanessa, Widmer Thomas (2017), Die Evaluationstätigkeit in der Schweiz: ausgewählte Entwicklungen im Vergleich, in Widmer Thomas, Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 67-88.
Die Nutzung wissenschaftlicher Evidenz in Abstimmungserläuterungen
Schlaufer Caroline, Stucki Iris (2017), Die Nutzung wissenschaftlicher Evidenz in Abstimmungserläuterungen, in LeGes - Gesetzgebung & Evaluation, 28(1), 69-80.
Einleitung
Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas (2017), Einleitung, in Sager Fritz, Balthasar Andreas, Widmer Thomas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 9-20.
Evaluation im politischen System der Schweiz
Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas (ed.) (2017), Evaluation im politischen System der Schweiz, NZZ Libro, Zürich.
Evaluation im politischen System der Schweiz. Entwicklung, Bedeutung und Wechselwirkungen.
Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas (ed.) (2017), Evaluation im politischen System der Schweiz. Entwicklung, Bedeutung und Wechselwirkungen., NZZ Verlag, Zürich.
Evaluationskultur auf kantonaler Ebene: politikfeld- oder kantonsspezifische Entwicklungspfade?
Dolder Olivier, Rohrbach Walter, Varone Frédéric (2017), Evaluationskultur auf kantonaler Ebene: politikfeld- oder kantonsspezifische Entwicklungspfade?, in Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas, Balthasar Andreas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 119-153.
Geschichte der Evaluation im schweizerischen politischen System
Widmer Thomas (2017), Geschichte der Evaluation im schweizerischen politischen System, in Widmer Thomas, Sager Fritz, Balthasar Andreas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 51-66.
Nutzung von Evaluationen in Regierung und Verwaltung
Frey Kathrin, Ledermann Simone (2017), Nutzung von Evaluationen in Regierung und Verwaltung, in Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 211-242.
Parlament und Evaluation: Guts Meets Brain
Eberli Daniela, Bundi Pirmin (2017), Parlament und Evaluation: Guts Meets Brain, in Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 243-278.
Procedural Institutionalization of the Evaluation Through Legal Basis: A New Typology of Evaluation Clauses in Switzerland
Wirths Damien (2017), Procedural Institutionalization of the Evaluation Through Legal Basis: A New Typology of Evaluation Clauses in Switzerland, in Statute Law Review, 38(1), 23-39.
Schlussfolgerungen: Evaluation als Teil des politischen Systems der Schweiz?
Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas, Balthasar Andreas (2017), Schlussfolgerungen: Evaluation als Teil des politischen Systems der Schweiz?, in Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas, Balthasar Andreas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 313-330.
Über die gesetzliche Verankerung von Evaluation: die Verteilung von Evaluationsklauseln und deren Auswirkungen auf kantonaler Ebene
Wirths Damien, Rosser Christian, Horber-Papazian Katia, Mader Luzius (2017), Über die gesetzliche Verankerung von Evaluation: die Verteilung von Evaluationsklauseln und deren Auswirkungen auf kantonaler Ebene, in Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas, Balthasar Andreas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 155-187.
Verbreitung und Verankerung von Evaluation in der Bundesverwaltung
Balthasar Andreas, Strotz Chantal (2017), Verbreitung und Verankerung von Evaluation in der Bundesverwaltung, in Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 89-117.
Wer sind die Evaluierenden in der Schweiz?
Pleger Lyn, Wittwer Stefan, Sager Fritz (2017), Wer sind die Evaluierenden in der Schweiz?, in Balthasar Andreas, Sager Fritz, Widmer Thomas (ed.), NZZ Libro, Zurich, 189-208.
What Do We Know About the Demand for Evaluation? Insights From the Parliamentary Arena. Kurzfassung des mit dem DeGEval-Nachwuchspreis ausgezeichneten Artikels.
Bundi Pirimin (2017), What Do We Know About the Demand for Evaluation? Insights From the Parliamentary Arena. Kurzfassung des mit dem DeGEval-Nachwuchspreis ausgezeichneten Artikels., in Zeitschrift für Evaluation, 16(1), 202-205.
Codebook: Sinergia project "Policy Evaluation in the Swiss Political System –Roots and Fruits"
FreyKathrin, GublerGwenyfar, WidmerThomas (2016), Codebook: Sinergia project "Policy Evaluation in the Swiss Political System –Roots and Fruits", SynEval, Zürich.
Evaluationstätigkeit in der Schweiz: Die SynEval-Datenbank
Frey Kathrin, Di Giorgi Vanessa, Widmer Thomas (2016), Evaluationstätigkeit in der Schweiz: Die SynEval-Datenbank, in LeGes – Gesetzgebung und Evaluation, 27(3), 505-525.
Forschung über Evaluation in der Schweiz: Stand und Aussichten
Widmer Thomas, Eberli Daniela, Ackermann Günter, Balzer Lars, Bundi Pirmin, Hirschi Christian, Kasper Tanya, Neuenschwander Peter, Neuhaus Björn, Rohrbach Walter, Schlaufer Caroline, Strebel Felix (2016), Forschung über Evaluation in der Schweiz: Stand und Aussichten, in LeGes – Gesetzgebung und Evaluation, (3), 405-429.
Global evidence in local debates: the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Swiss direct-democratic debates on school policy
Schlaufer Caroline (2016), Global evidence in local debates: the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Swiss direct-democratic debates on school policy, in Policy & Politics, (4), 547-561.
Les clauses d’évaluation sectorielles : outils d’ajustement ou de stratégie politique ? Le cas de l’interdiction de la mendicité à Lausanne
Wirths Damien (2016), Les clauses d’évaluation sectorielles : outils d’ajustement ou de stratégie politique ? Le cas de l’interdiction de la mendicité à Lausanne, in Gestion et Management public, 2016/2(4), 53-74.
Les clauses d'évaluation dans le droit des cantons suisses: leur diffusion, leur contenu et la justification à l’origine de leur adoption
Wirths Damien, Horber-Papazian Katia (2016), Les clauses d'évaluation dans le droit des cantons suisses: leur diffusion, leur contenu et la justification à l’origine de leur adoption, in Leges, (3), 485-502.
The use of evidence in public debates in the media: the case of Swiss direct-democratic campaigns in the health policy sector
Stucki Iris (2016), The use of evidence in public debates in the media: the case of Swiss direct-democratic campaigns in the health policy sector, in Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, (4), 487-504.
What Do We Know About the Demand for Evaluation? Insights from the Parliamentary Arena
Bundi Pirmin (2016), What Do We Know About the Demand for Evaluation? Insights from the Parliamentary Arena, in American Journal of Evaluation, (4), 522-541.
Der Beitrag der Evaluation zu einer guten Gesetzgebung
Widmer Thomas (2015), Der Beitrag der Evaluation zu einer guten Gesetzgebung, in LeGes – Gesetzgebung & Evaluation , 26(1), 15-19.
Développements et perspectives entre profession et discipline. Evaluation quo vadis ?
Widmer Thomas (2015), Développements et perspectives entre profession et discipline. Evaluation quo vadis ?, in Horber-Papazian Katia (ed.), Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, Lausanne, 285-307.
Regards croisés sur l'évaluation en Suisse
Katia Horber-Papazian (2015), Regards croisés sur l'évaluation en Suisse, Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes, Lausanne.
Rezension zu: Wolfgang Böttcher / Christiane Kerlen / Peter Maats / Oliver Schwab / Sonja Sheikh (Hrsg.), Evaluation in Deutschland und Österreich. Waxman, etc. 2014.
Eberli Daniela, Stutz Mirjam (2015), Rezension zu: Wolfgang Böttcher / Christiane Kerlen / Peter Maats / Oliver Schwab / Sonja Sheikh (Hrsg.), Evaluation in Deutschland und Österreich. Waxman, etc. 2014., in LeGes - Gesetzgebung und Evaluation, 26(2), 466-468.
Befragung: Parlamente und Evaluationen. Ergebnisbericht
Eberli Daniela, Bundi Pirmin, Frey Kathrin, Widmer Thomas (2014), Befragung: Parlamente und Evaluationen. Ergebnisbericht, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Zürich, Zürich.
Befragung: Parlamente und Evaluationen. Methodenbericht
Bundi Pirmin, Eberli Daniela, Frey Kathrin, Widmer Thomas (2014), Befragung: Parlamente und Evaluationen. Methodenbericht, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Zürich, Zürich.
Rezension zu: Jan Hense / Stefan Rädiker / Wolfgang Böttcher / Thomas Widmer (Hrsg.), Forschung über Evaluation. Bedingungen, Prozesse, Wirkungen, Waxmann, Münster etc. 2013.
Stucki Iris, Schlaufer Caroline (2014), Rezension zu: Jan Hense / Stefan Rädiker / Wolfgang Böttcher / Thomas Widmer (Hrsg.), Forschung über Evaluation. Bedingungen, Prozesse, Wirkungen, Waxmann, Münster etc. 2013., in LeGes - Gesetzgebung & Evaluation, 25(1), 149-152.
Ein Überblick zum internationalen Stand der Forschung über Evaluation.
Hense Jan, Widmer Thomas (2013), Ein Überblick zum internationalen Stand der Forschung über Evaluation., in Rädiker Stefan, Hense Jan, Widmer Thomas, Böttcher Wolfgang (ed.), Waxmann, Münster, 251-278.
Forschung über Evaluation. Bedingungen, Prozesse und Wirkungen.
Hense Jan, Böttcher Wolfgang, Rädiker Stefan, Widmer Thomas (ed.) (2013), Forschung über Evaluation. Bedingungen, Prozesse und Wirkungen., Waxmann, Münster.
Notwendigkeit und Potenzial einer Forschung über Evaluation.
Hense Jan, Rädiker Stefan, Widmer Thomas, Böttcher Wolfgang (2013), Notwendigkeit und Potenzial einer Forschung über Evaluation., in Rädifer Stefan, Hense Jan, Widmer Thomas, Böttcher Wolfgang (ed.), Waxmann, Münster, 7-18.

Datasets

SynEval database

Author Frey, Kathrin; Gubler, Gwenyfar; Widmer, Thomas
Publication date 20.12.2016
Persistent Identifier (PID) https://www.syneval.ch/index.php/en/syneval-database
Repository SynEval
Abstract
The SynEval database concentrates on evaluations with publicly available evaluation reports for the period of 2000 to 2012 and focuses on the following three policy areas: Education Energy HealthFurther, the SynEval database mainly covers evaluation about the following four public entities: Canton of Berne Canton of Geneva Canton of Zurich Federal levelThe federation and the three cantons act thereby either as commissioner, author or evaluation object (territorial area under investigation).The SynEval database comprises 657 evaluations for the defined area. Additionally, 45 evaluations that were published more recent or cover other policy areas and cantons, were entered in the database, therewith the database includes a total of 704 entries.

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
European Evaluation Society Biennial Conference Talk given at a conference Evaluation and NPM: Substitution or Complementarity? 03.10.2018 Thessaloniki, Greece Dolder Olivier;
SEVAL-Kongres/argev-Netzwerktagung, Pädagogische Hochschule Bern Talk given at a conference Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten von Evaluationskulturen in den Bereichen Bildung und Gesundheit. 06.09.2018 Bern, Switzerland Dolder Olivier;
UCLA Evaluation Research Group Individual talk Seeking Power with Truht? The Role of Evaluation in Parliaments 02.11.2016 Los Angeles, United States of America Bundi Pirmin;
12th EES Biennial Conference Talk given at a conference Evaluation and New Public Management: The de-institutionalization case 26.09.2016 Maastricht, Netherlands Dolder Olivier;
DeGeval Jahreskongress Talk given at a conference Die Nutzung von Evaluationen in Abstimmungskampagnen 23.09.2016 Salzburg, Austria Schlaufer Caroline;
Jahrestagung der DeGEval Talk given at a conference Nation oder Sektor: was prägt die Nutzung von Evaluation? Diskussionsbeitrag 21.09.2016 Salzburg, Austria Widmer Thomas;
Kolloquium des Forschungsbereiches Policy-Analyse und Evaluation, Institut für Politikwissenschaft, UZH Individual talk Parlamente und Evaluationen 19.09.2016 Zürich, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin; Eberli Daniela;
SEVAL Congress 2016 Talk given at a conference Courtes présentations des résultats du programme de recherche 09.09.2016 Basel, Switzerland Eberli Daniela; Horber-Papazian Katia; Rosser Christian; Widmer Thomas; Balthasar Andreas; Bundi Pirmin; Stucki Iris; Dolder Olivier; Rohrbach Walter; Sager Fritz; Wirths Damien; Schlaufer Caroline;
Annual Congress of the Swiss Evaluation Society SEVAL 2016 Talk given at a conference Forschung über Evaluation im schweizerischen politischen System: SynEval 09.09.2016 Basel, Switzerland Widmer Thomas;
Annual Congress of the Swiss Evaluation Society SEVAL 2016 Talk given at a conference Kurzpräsentationen zu Resultaten des Forschungsprogramms SynEval 09.09.2016 Basel, Switzerland Rohrbach Walter; Stucki Iris; Rosser Christian; Dolder Olivier; Eberli Daniela; Bundi Pirmin; Wirths Damien; Schlaufer Caroline;
EGPA Conference Talk given at a conference The Political Use of Evaluations in Democratic Discourse: Enrichment or Exclusion? 25.08.2016 Utrecht, Netherlands Stucki Iris; Sager Fritz; Schlaufer Caroline;
IPSA International Political Science Association World Congress Talk given at a conference Strategies of Policy Evaluations in Parliaments 26.07.2016 Posen, Poland Bundi Pirmin;
24th World Congress of the International political science association Talk given at a conference Planifier la (dé)légitimation d’une Politique Publique en faisant intervenir des experts : le cas de l’interdiction de la mendicité à Lausanne 23.07.2016 Poznan, Poland Wirths Damien;
5 à 7 de l’évaluation de la Société québécoise d’évaluation de programme Talk given at a conference L’utilisation des évaluations et leurs influences au sein du parlement 14.07.2016 Québec, Canada Eberli Daniela;
ECPR Standing Group on Parliaments Talk given at a conference Strategies of Policy Evaluations in Parliaments 30.06.2016 München, Germany Bundi Pirmin;
Evaluation der Förderung von Wissenschaft und Forschung, DFG/AvH/VWS/DAAD Talk given at a conference Evaluation: Profession oder Disziplin? 16.06.2016 Bonn, Germany Widmer Thomas;
Candadian Evaluation Society CES Conference 2016 – Evaluation on the Edge Talk given at a conference Does it make a difference? Evaluation Use and Influence in Swiss Parliaments 06.06.2016 St. Johns, Canada Eberli Daniela;
Midi de science politique Individual talk Explaining Evaluation Utilization in Parliaments: The Case of Switzerland 21.04.2016 Québec, Canada Eberli Daniela;
Evaluation und politische Gestaltungs- und Entscheidungsprozesse, FGW/DeGEval Talk given at a conference Evaluation in der Politik 15.03.2016 Düsseldorf, Germany Widmer Thomas;
4th SynEval-Workshop Talk given at a conference Strategies of Policy Evaluations in Parliaments 15.02.2016 Münchenwiler, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin;
4th SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference New Public Management und Politikevaluation: Fallstudie „Dienststelle Gesundheit des Kantons Luzern" 15.02.2016 Münchenwiler, Switzerland Dolder Olivier;
4th SynEval PhD Workshop Individual talk Evidence-based arguments in direct democracy 15.02.2016 Münchenwiler, Switzerland Stucki Iris; Horber-Papazian Katia; Schlaufer Caroline; Rohrbach Walter; Widmer Thomas; Wirths Damien; Sager Fritz; Bundi Pirmin; Rosser Christian; Dolder Olivier; Eberli Daniela; Varone Frédéric; Balthasar Andreas;
4th SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference The influence of evaluations on discourse quality 15.02.2016 Münchenwyler, Switzerland Schlaufer Caroline;
4th SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Are evaluation clauses likely to facilitate the adoption of legislations? Conceptualization of uncertainty reduction in formal legisitic 15.02.2016 Münchenwiller, Switzerland Wirths Damien;
4th SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Was beeinflusst die Evaluationseinstellung? Sind individuelle oder institutionelle Merkmale wichtiger? 15.02.2016 Münchenwiler, Switzerland Rohrbach Walter;
4th SynEval-Workshop Talk given at a conference Tracing the Use of Evaluations in Legislative Processes in Swiss Cantonal Parliaments 15.02.2016 Münchenwiler, Switzerland Eberli Daniela;
Annual Congress of the Swiss Political Science Association SPSA Talk given at a conference Between Occupation and Politics – Explaining Legislative Professionalism in the Swiss Cantons 22.01.2016 Basel, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin; Eberli Daniela;
PADEMIA/Sciences Po Workshop Talk given at a conference Accountability through Evaluation: Explaining the Variation across Policy Fields 03.12.2015 Paris, France Bundi Pirmin;
Behavioral Economics and Experimental Research - Lab Meetings Talk given at a conference Does evaluation clauses are likely to favour the adoption of legislation? 17.11.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Wirths Damien;
Evaluation 2015 Talk given at a conference The Use of Evaluations in Legislative Policymaking: Case Study Evidence from Switzerland 09.11.2015 Chicago, United States of America Eberli Daniela;
Seval Working group research on evaluation Talk given at a conference Evidence-based discourse in direct-democratic campaigns on school policy 12.10.2015 Bern, Switzerland Schlaufer Caroline;
ECPR General Conference Talk given at a conference Does Proposing an Effectiveness Evaluation Increase a Bill’s Legitimacy? 26.08.2015 Montréal, Canada Wirths Damien;
ECPR General Conference Talk given at a conference New Public Management and Evaluation Culture: Missing Link in Swiss Cantons 26.08.2015 Montreal, Canada Dolder Olivier;
ECPR General Conference Talk given at a conference What Explains the Differences in the Evaluation Practice? An Examination of the Civil Servants in the Central Cantonal Administrations: Berne and Lucerne 26.08.2015 Montreal, Canada Rohrbach Walter;
ECPR General Conference Talk given at a conference Procedural Institutionalisation of the Evaluation through Legal Basis: A New Typology of Evaluation Clauses in Switzerland 26.08.2015 Montréal, Canada Wirths Damien;
ESRA European Survey Research Association Conference Talk given at a conference The Effects of Nonresponse and Misreporting in Legislative Surveys. 13.07.2015 Reykjavik, Iceland Bundi Pirmin;
Swiss-Asian Summer School Talk given at a conference Does Proposing an Effectiveness Evaluation Increase a Bill’s Legitimacy? 06.07.2015 Guangzhou, China Wirths Damien;
International Conference on Public Policy ICPP Talk given at a conference Does a Reference to Evaluations Contribute to Discourse Quality? The Case of Swiss Direct-Democratic Campaigns on School Policy: A Conceptual Framework. 01.07.2015 Milan, Italy Schlaufer Caroline;
International Conference on Public Policy, ICPP Talk given at a conference Use of Evidence in Frame Building: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Swiss Direct-Democratic Campaigns on Smoking Bans 01.07.2015 Milano, Italy Stucki Iris;
International Conference on Public Policy ICPP Talk given at a conference Tracing the Use of Evaluations in Legislative Processes in Swiss Cantonal Parliaments 01.07.2015 Milano, Italy Eberli Daniela;
International Conference on Public Policy ICPP Talk given at a conference The Direct-Democratic Challenge to Evidence-Based Policy Making: Questioning the Governmental PISA Narrative in Swiss School Policy Votes 01.07.2015 Milan, Italy Schlaufer Caroline;
73rd MPSA Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference Talk given at a conference Accountability through Evaluation: Explaining the Variation of Policy Evaluation Demand across Policy Fields 16.04.2015 Chicago, United States of America Bundi Pirmin;
3rd Syneval Workshop Talk given at a conference Framing evidence in Swiss direct-democratic campaigns: Concept for a qualitative case study 05.03.2015 Hertenstein / Luzern, Switzerland Stucki Iris;
3rd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference How to Explore the (Relative) Influence of Evaluation Clauses on Evaluation Activity in the Swiss Cantons of Bern, Geneva, and Zurich—A Research Agenda 05.03.2015 Lucerne, Switzerland Rosser Christian;
3rd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference How can the differences in the evaluation practice be explained? An examination of the civil servants in the central cantonal administrations: Berne and Lucerne 05.03.2015 Lucerne, Switzerland Rohrbach Walter;
3rd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference New Public Management and Evaluation Culture: Missing Link in Swiss Cantons 05.03.2015 Lucerne, Switzerland Dolder Olivier;
3rd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Accountability through Evaluation: Explaining the Variation of Policy Evaluation Demand across Policy Fields 05.03.2015 Lucerne, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin;
3rd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference The Role of Ideology and Party Membership in Explaining Evaluation Utilization in Swiss Parliaments 05.03.2015 Lucerne, Switzerland Eberli Daniela;
3rd SynEval PhD workshop Talk given at a conference International evidence in local policy debates. Using PISA in Swiss direct democratic debates on school policy 05.03.2015 Herteinstein / Luzern, Switzerland Schlaufer Caroline;
3rd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Evaluation Clauses as “Custard Pie” or the continuation of politics by other means: The case of the ban on begging in Lausanne 05.02.2015 Luzern, Switzerland Wirths Damien;
6ème Congrès des associations francophones de Science Politique Talk given at a conference Les clauses d’évaluation « tarte à la crème » ou la poursuite de la politique par d’autre moyen. Le cas de l’interdiction de la mendicité à Lausanne 05.02.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Wirths Damien;
Doctoriales UNIL Poster New typology of evaluation clauses 16.12.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Wirths Damien;
11th Biennial Conference: Evaluation for an Equitable Society Talk given at a conference The organizational evaluation culture: a multidimensional construct 03.10.2014 Dublin, Ireland Rohrbach Walter;
11th Biennial Conference: Evaluation for an Equitable Society Talk given at a conference Evaluation and New Public Management in Swiss Cantons: Substution or Complementarity? 03.10.2014 Dublin, Ireland Dolder Olivier;
Evaluation for an Equitable Society, 11th EES Biennial Conference, Dublin, October 2014 Talk given at a conference The Parliamentary Demand for Evaluations: A Consequence of Delegation? 01.10.2014 Dublin, Ireland Bundi Pirmin;
Annual Congress of the Swiss Evaluation Society Talk given at a conference La place cantonaldes clauses d’évaluation au niveau cantonal 11.09.2014 Zürich, Switzerland Neuhaus Björn; Horber-Papazian Katia; Wirths Damien;
Professionalisierung in und für Evaluationen, Jahrestagung DeGEval/SEVAL Talk given at a conference Professionalisierung der Evaluationsnachfrage: Befunde aus den Schweizer Parlamenten 10.09.2014 Zürich, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin; Eberli Daniela;
ECPR General Conference, Glasgow, September 2014 Talk given at a conference Knowledge Utilisation in the Parliamentary Arena: Empirical Evidence from Switzerland 03.09.2014 Glasgow, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Eberli Daniela;
23th World Congress of the International political science association Talk given at a conference The use of Mandatory Evaluation as a Strategy 19.07.2014 Montréal, Canada Wirths Damien;
Swiss Summer School of Democracy Studies, University Lucerne, workshop democratic deliberation and negotiation Talk given at a conference Deliberation and the use of evidence: the case of Swiss referendum campaigns. 26.06.2014 Lucerne, Switzerland Schlaufer Caroline;
2nd Syneval workshop Talk given at a conference Deliberation and the use of evidence: the case of Swiss referendum campaigns. 19.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Schlaufer Caroline;
2nd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference The Parliamentary Demand for Evaluations: A Consequence of Delegation? 18.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin;
2nd Syneval Workshop Talk given at a conference The use of Mandatory Evaluation as a Strategy 18.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Wirths Damien;
2nd Syneval Workshop Talk given at a conference Political use of evidence in the media: The case of Swiss direct-democratic campaigns on health policy issues 18.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Stucki Iris;
2nd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Evaluation Utilization in the Parliamentary Arena: Empirical Evidence from Switzerland 18.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Eberli Daniela;
2nd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Organisationale Evaluationskultur in Schweizer Verwaltungen: Aspekte, Messung und Determinanten 18.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Rohrbach Walter;
2nd Syneval Workshop Talk given at a conference Use of evaluation results by voters in direct democratic campaigns on health policy issues: concept for an experiment. 18.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Stucki Iris;
2nd SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference New Public Management und Evaluation: Synergie oder Substituierung? 18.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Dolder Olivier;
51st Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society Talk given at a conference A critical examination of the policy-making process and of the lawmakers’ motivation for efficiency evaluations: A Theoretical framework. 07.03.2014 Charleston, United States of America Wirths Damien;
CIS PhD Kolloquium Individual talk The Evaluations’ Legal Foundation and the Stimulation of Evaluations by Swiss Legislatives. 24.10.2013 Zurich, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin;
CIS PhD Kolloquium Individual talk Explaining Evaluation Utilization in the Legislature: The Case of Switzerland 24.10.2013 Zurich, Switzerland Eberli Daniela;
1st SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Evaluation Culture in Swiss Parliaments: Determinants for the Attitude, Activity and Evaluation Clauses. 04.09.2013 Gerzensee, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin;
1st SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Organizational evaluation culture and its conditions: A qualitative comparative analysis for the administrative units in Switzerland 03.09.2013 Gerzensee, Switzerland Rohrbach Walter;
1st SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Evaluation Culture and the Utilization of Evaluations in the Legislature: the Case of Switzerland 03.09.2013 Gerzensee, Switzerland Eberli Daniela;
1st SynEval PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Einfluss institutioneller Politikreformen auf die Evaluationskultur 03.09.2013 Gerzensee, Switzerland Dolder Olivier;
International Conference on Public Policy Talk given at a conference Factors Influencing the Evaluation Culture within Policy Sector: A Research Design 26.06.2013 Grenoble, France Rohrbach Walter; Dolder Olivier;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
4th SynEval-Workshop 15.02.2016 Münchenwiler, Switzerland
3rd SynEval PhD Workshop 05.03.2015 Hertenstein, Switzerland
2nd SynEval PhD Workshop 18.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland
1st SynEval PhD Workshop 04.09.2013 Gerzensee, Switzerland

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Joint workshop of PERFORM Performing and Responsive Social Sciences and RRPP Regional Research Promotion Programme, Policy Impact Assessment and Evidence-Informed Policy Making Workshop 11.03.2016 Tirana, Albania Widmer Thomas;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Talk 12.10.2015 Bern, Switzerland Schlaufer Caroline;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Workshop 12.10.2015 Bern, Switzerland Schlaufer Caroline; Neuhaus Björn; Rohrbach Walter; Widmer Thomas; Eberli Daniela;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Talk 08.06.2015 Bern, Switzerland Rohrbach Walter;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Workshop 08.06.2015 Bern, Switzerland Eberli Daniela; Schlaufer Caroline; Rohrbach Walter; Widmer Thomas; Bundi Pirmin;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Talk 16.03.2015 Bern, Switzerland Wirths Damien;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Workshop 16.03.2015 Bern, Switzerland Eberli Daniela; Bundi Pirmin; Wirths Damien; Schlaufer Caroline;
„Der Beitrag der Evaluation zur Qualität der Gesetzgebung“, Referat im Rahmen der Jubiläumstagung 25 Jahre Zeitschrift LeGes Talk 17.11.2014 Bernerhof, Bern, Switzerland Widmer Thomas;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Talk 03.11.2014 Bern, Switzerland Widmer Thomas;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Workshop 03.11.2014 Bern, Switzerland Widmer Thomas; Eberli Daniela; Schlaufer Caroline; Rohrbach Walter;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Workshop 02.06.2014 Bern, Switzerland Neuhaus Björn; Rohrbach Walter; Eberli Daniela; Widmer Thomas; Bundi Pirmin;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Talk 02.06.2014 Bern, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Talk 03.02.2014 Bern, Switzerland Eberli Daniela;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Workshop 03.02.2014 Bern, Switzerland Rohrbach Walter; Bundi Pirmin; Widmer Thomas; Eberli Daniela; Neuhaus Björn;
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) Workshop 21.10.2013 Bern, Switzerland Bundi Pirmin; Eberli Daniela; Schlaufer Caroline; Wirths Damien; Widmer Thomas; Rohrbach Walter;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) 12.10.2015 Bern, Switzerland
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) 08.06.2015 Bern, Switzerland
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) 16.03.2015 Bern, Switzerland
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) 03.11.2014 Bern, Switzerland
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) 02.06.2014 Bern, Switzerland
Working Group Research of the Swiss Evaluation Society (SEVAL) 03.02.2014 Bern, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: print media, online media Wissenschaft schafft eine bessere Demokratie. NZZ German-speaking Switzerland International 2017
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) http://discoversociety.org/2016/11/01/policy-briefing-scientific-evidence-in-referendum-campaigns-po Policy and Politics Blog International 2016
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Scientific evidence in referendum campaigns – politicisation or enrichment? Policy Briefing Discover Society International 2016
Other activities SynEval Website German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland International 2013

Awards

Title Year
Hauptpreis 2019 der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Parlamentsfragen für herausragende wissenschaftliche Arbeiten zu Parlamentsfragen (Die Nutzung von Evaluationen in den Schweizer Parlamenten, Zürich: Seismo) 2019
Best PhD Thesis Award 2017, Department of Political Science, University of Zurich 2017
Carol Weiss Prize für den Artikel in Evidence & Policy (Stucki I. (2016): The use of evidence in the political debate in the media:the case of Swiss direct-democratic campaigns in the health policy sector. In: Evidence and Policy; 12(4):487-504. 2017
Prix Seval 2017 für den Artikel The Contribution of Evaluations to the Discourse Quality of Newspaper Content 2017
Nachwuchspreis der Deutschen Evaluationsgesellschaft 2016 für den Artikel „What Do We Know About the Demand for Evaluations? Insights from the Parliamentary Arena“ 2016
“Best Student Paper Award”, European Evaluation Society EES 11th Biennial Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 1-3 October 2014 (http://europeanevaluation.org/news/11th-ees-biennial-conference-awards) 2014

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
164932 Evaluationsnutzung im Parlament: Eine Untersuchung am Beispiel der Schweiz 01.02.2016 Doc.Mobility
185518 Die Nutzung von Evaluationen in den Schweizer Parlamenten 01.11.2018 Open Access Books
175718 What policy actors believe in - How do voters and members of parliament judge the credibility of expert statements? 01.01.2018 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

Summary of the Research Plan The research proposed in this Sinergia project addresses the questions of how policy evaluation in Switzerland is influenced by the Swiss political system, and how policy evaluation in turn influences the Swiss political system. This topic is of great theoretical significance for political science and public administration theory, because until now, research on the relationship between specific attributes of political systems and the practice and institutionalization of policy evaluation is missing. It is also of great practical relevance, because considerable resources are invested in evaluations each year, and we need to know how to best make use of this investment and how to avoid negative consequences. To link attributes of policy evaluation with policy, polity, and politics in a comprehensive approach is considered as an innovative and fruitful research track. The Swiss political system is ideal for studying this question: Firstly, it has a high degree of internal heterogeneity that allows for within-system comparisons. Secondly, two attributes of the Swiss political system are of special relevance for policy evaluation, namely: federalism and direct democracy. Some scholars claim that federalism increases the demand for evaluations, others argue the opposite, and the same is true for direct democracy. A similar lack of consensus exists with respect to the influence of policy evaluation on the Swiss political system. In addition, a systematic analysis of interdependencies between attributes of the Swiss political system and evaluation is lacking, especially at the subnational level. Therefore, the proposed Sinergia project intends to analyze these relationships through comparisons at the cantonal level, and by using longitudinal and cross-sectional, inter-policy comparison. In detail, the following four subprojects constitute the Sinergia proposal: Subproject 1, led by A. Balthasar (University of Lucerne) and F. Varone (University of Geneva), asks about the relevance of policy sector and administrative unit attributes for policy evaluation by comparing twenty cases (1990-2011) in education, health, energy and public transport policy from four cantons and the Federation. Subproject 2, directed by K. Horber-Papazian (IDHEAP Lausanne) and A. Flückiger (University of Geneva), analyzes the reasons for and the consequences of evaluation clauses in federal and cantonal laws. The study consists of a comprehensive survey and analysis of current (2011) obligations to conduct evaluations in all federal and cantonal laws. Subproject 3, managed by F. Sager and V. Friedrich (both University of Berne), concentrates on direct democracy and asks about the use of evaluations in direct democratic campaigns. The focus is on education and health policy at the cantonal and federal level. An extensive survey of all votes at cantonal and federal levels from 1990 to 2011 will be conducted, as well as eight case studies of selected campaigns. Subproject 4, run by T. Widmer and K. Frey (both University of Zurich), analyses the relationships between policy evaluation and parliaments at the cantonal and federal levels by conducting a survey among the about 3’000 members of parliament at both levels. Multi-level data analyses will be conducted, as will a comparison of 27 cases (3 policies from 3 policy sectors (education, health and energy policy) in 3 cantons). Since the four subprojects share common concepts and are coordinated empirically (common time periods, policy sectors and cantons examined), the synergy potential of the proposed project is high, especially with respect to data collection. Collaboration and exchange will be facilitated by meetings between the team members, in the earlier part of the project, to discuss the progress that has been made, and by organizing two events later on to reach broader audiences (researchers, practitioners, the public) that are intended to communicate research findings and transfer knowledge gained. The international audience will be informed through publications in high-quality journals, and the project contributes to the promotion of young academics by supporting eight PhD positions.
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