On the 25th and 26th of October 2013, the Centre for Political Courage (CPC), supported by the Regional Research Promotion Programme (RRPP), organized a training seminar on “Writing effective policy papers to influence decision-making”.
The training seminar, which took place in Prishtina, Kosovo, gathered researchers from public and private higher education institutions, think tanks and other research institutions from Kosovo. The training seminar was organized solely for Kosovan researchers and was led by Lidija Dimova from the Macedonian Centre for European Training (MCET).
The overall aim of the seminar was to equip participants with the knowledge and resources necessary to develop their skills in writing effective policy papers as tools to influence decision-making.
The lectures during the two-day period focused on:
– Developing insights into the nature of effective, evidence-based communication within public policy environments;
– Fostering participants’ skills and knowledge of the writing and use of two common types of policy papers, namely the policy study and the policy brief;
– Developing insights into effective approaches to advocating policy positions, using the policy brief as a key supporting tool.
The two main aspects addressed during the training seminar were: the purpose of the policy paper as a decision-making tool, and the development of a coherent policy paper. In addition, the participants learned about the similarities and differences of the two main types of policy papers: the policy study and the policy brief.
Moreover, during the course of the training seminar, participants discussed the most pressing problems that Kosovan researchers face in their efforts to influence decision-making processes in Kosovo.
Organised from 13-15 September 2012, a workshop entitled the “Theory and Practice of Sampling in the Social Sciences” was carried out by the RRPP Local Coordination Unit, the Centre for Political Courage, in Prishtina, Kosovo.
The workshop was conducted by Prof. Dr. Marco Steenbergen and by Kushtrim Veseli, PhD candidate of the Chair of Social Research Methods, University of Zurich. In total, 18 RRPP-supported researchers from Western Balkan countries attended the workshop. About 2/3 of participants were female PhD candidates.
Workshop participants were trained on major sampling designs of qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods. Practical aspects, such as sample size planning and relative strengths and weaknesses of certain methods, were broadly discussed. Moreover, the problems of missing data and implications of different quantitative sampling designs for statistical analysis were addressed within the workshop. Participants were also introduced to the use and sampling capabilities of statistical software (STATA) followed by group exercises.
This workshop contributed to further exchanges and the strengthening of research capacities in Western Balkan countries.
On the 27-28 of May, 2010 in Prishtina it was organized “Data and Management Analysis” training. The event was hosted at the University of Prishtina and was organized by very close cooperation of all Local Coorperation Units in the Western Balkans.
Guest trainers were Brian Kleiner and Oliver Lipps from Swiss foundation for research in social sciences (FORS). Mr. Kleiner is head of the Data and Research Information Services Division at FORS. Mr. Lipps is a senior researcher at FORS and has been working on survey methodological issues since 1995.
The seminar focused on features of data management during the course of a research project, it has emphasized the importance of good documentation, the importance of researchers being skilled in using the existing data that they have not themselved produced. The sessions of the two days of the seminar was highly practical and very relevant to ongoing winner research projects.
The interaction between trainers and participants was highly appreciated; the agenda was very flexible and the trainers were very open for researchers needs on managing the data and secondary analysis, the participants could address questions from their respective research projects and share their own experience. The dynamic of group and the discussants in the class were the most appreciated in this seminar.
As for the statistics of the evaluation questionnaire over 85% of the participants were satisfied with the seminar.