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EGAP & NYU DC: Academic Practitioner Conference

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Abramson Family Auditorium, NYU Washington, DC

1307 L Street, NW

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STATE OF EVIDENCE: PRESENTATIONS on DEBATES and PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY & GOVERNANCE


The Evidence in Governance & Politics (EGAP) Research Network, in collaboration with NYU DC, invites you to a policy, research, and networking event which aims to showcase policy relevant research on candidate debates; and public service delivery & governance. A reception will follow the meeting, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Participants are welcome to join the entire event, or whichever sessions are relevant to your area of interest.

Thursdays schedule will be as follows, with more information forthcoming:

2:00 - 2:15: Welcome & Introductions

  • Cyrus Samii, Executive Director at EGAP and Associate Professor of Politics, New York University

Session I:

2:15 PM-3:30 PM: Measuring the Impacts of Candidate Debates: a Conversation between Researchers and Practitioners (Panel)

Description: Practitioners like National Democratic Institute, the Commission on Presidential Debates and Debates International network support candidate debates across the globe with the aim of helping candidates, political parties and voters to focus on policy issues rather than religious, ethnic or regional identity politics. At the same time, emerging research demonstrates a variation in the impacts of debates on citizens. This panel brings together academic researchers and debates practitioners to share what we know about the impacts of debates, what we can know through rigorous research and what we still want to know about the outcomes and impacts of debates on the political ecosystem.

Moderator:

  • Linda Stern, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) at NDI

Panelists:

  • Matt Dippel, NDI Global Debates Program Advisor
  • Eric Kramon, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University
  • Pia Raffler, Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard University

3:30 PM-4:00 PM: Coffee Break

Session II:

4:00 PM-5:15 PM: How Does Governance Affect Public Service Delivery? (Panel)

Description:
Increasingly, international organisations and other donors are supporting developing country governments in their effort to address complex governance challenges. While improved governance is sometimes perceived to be an end in itself (e.g. SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions), it is often justified as ultimately helping improve service delivery. This panel will draw on a wealth of experience in Africa, Latin America and South Asia to address issues such as: Which governance challenges should be addressed first? Have governance reforms been successful in improving service delivery? Is citizen engagement critical? Can governments take advantage of big data to safely improve feedback loops?

Moderator:

  • Juliene Labonne, Associate Professor in Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government

Presenters:

  • Ken Opalo, Assistant Professor in the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Ghazala Mansuri, lead economist in the Poverty Reduction and Equity Group of the World Bank
  • Ana de la O, Associate Professor of Political Science, Yale University

5:15 PM -7:00 PM: Reception in the Main Lobby NYU DC

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