Three main lines of intervention were identified for Serbia


Evidence Based Policy Making Pilots


Evidence-based policy making (EBPM) in Serbia is still at an early stage of development. Results of social science research, expertise and knowledge of the research community are not sufficiently used in the policymaking processes, due to absence of systemic linkages between the policy makers and research community (research institutes, faculties and think tanks). 

The Public Policy Secretariat (PPS) supports state administration in planning, development, adoption and coordination of public policies and implementation of regulatory reforms.  

PPS proposed to implement pilot initiatives to develop structures and mechanisms for collaboration between social science research and policy institutions in creating and feeding evidence into policymaking. Pilots were designed with the aim of enabling collaboration of groups of social science researchers and state institutions on specific policy topics. 

Intervention Logic +
As a facilitator, PERFORM did not offer a ready-made solution, but supported the Secretariat to develop its own approach. The project supported PPS in implementing the pilots by providing several capacity building workshops for the staff of the Secretariat and the state institutions on EBPM, and organised study visits to the Netherlands and UK, exposing them to a well-established system of collaboration between social science research and policy makers.

The project supported PPS to select four state institutions and jointly with them developed a framework for research (defining specific research topics, developing Terms of Reference for research, defining selection criteria for social science research institutions). PERFORM also supported PPS in selecting social science research institutions as well as in enabling regular communication between them and state institutions. 

PERFORM facilitated a process of learning, reflection and exchange of knowledge from pilots among the Secretariat, state institutions and social science research community. Procedures developed through pilots will serve as groundwork for the Secretariat to work on establishing institutionalised mechanisms for collaboration among different state institutions and social science research institutions and the use of research results in policy making. 
Selected research institutions are: Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade; Institute of Economic Sciences (IEN), Economics Institute, and Academy of Arts
First Results +
  1. A common understanding of the main impediments to the cooperation of social science research institutes / groups that were involved in the pilots and decision makers / policymaking institutions, has evolved; 
  2. The process of cooperation in four pilots has provided opportunity to both sides – social science research and policy makers – to strengthen mutual trust and better understanding of needs and capacities of the other side; 
  3. In the course of implementing the pilots, good practices of communication and collaboration have been established, which can serve to build future procedures and mechanisms; 
  4. Relevant scientific evidence has been generated and delivered to policy makers; uptake in policy development is currently taking place;
  5. Based on the impediments identified earlier and the experience from the pilots, mechanisms and systems will be proposed by PPS to facilitate and support the collaboration between social science research and policy makers in the future.
Next steps to expand systemic change +
What are the next steps in order to consolidate early achievements and facilitate a broader systemic change that will facilitate evidence-based policy making? 
  • It is important that both public administration and research community recognise the value and importance of EBPM.  
  • Public administration (ministries) will have to budget resources for research that will feed evidence into policy and decision making. 
  • Exploring more interactive models of collaboration between researchers and policy makers. 
  • The Secretariat will develop a strategy for upscaling and mainstreaming good practices developed during the pilots. 
  • It is expected that the Secretariat will have capacities developed to run similar pilots for evidence-informed policy making in future, with significantly less support from PERFORM. 

For more information:
Read our Intervention Brief
"Collaboration of Social Scientists and Policy Makers, An Evidence-Informed Approach to Policy Making"

Check out our Infographic on the Results of 4 pilot research projects on Evidence-Based Policymaking

Visit the Document section of our website for full reports on all four research projects.

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