The International Workshop April 2018
Faculty of Administration of University of Ljubljana organised two-day workshop on 19th and 20th April 2018 on the role of public administration and public policies’ design that merges several internationally determined, yet also into Slovene space oriented research studies and other activities. The workshop addressed the basic research project “Development of the model for monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects in public sector”, so called project Atena cofounded by Slovene Research Agency for the period 2016–2019 (no J5-7557), and led by prof. dr. Mirko Vintar.
Internationally recognized academics, dr. Michiela de Vriesa (Netherlands), prof. dr. Ivan Koprić (Croatia), prof. dr. Calina Hintee (Romania), prof. dr. Juraj Nemec (Slovakia) and prof. dr. Gerhard Hammerschmid (Germany), Slovene and other foreign researchers attended the workshop. Apart from them, around twenty representatives of Slovenian ministries, other administrative authorities and non-governmental organisations – among them interviewees who participated in the empirical research in research project Atena in 2017 – attended the workshop, which was of the utmost importance for the transfer of knowledge.
Asist. dr. Žiga Kotnik and doc. dr. Lan Umek (both from the Faculty of Administration, University of Ljubljana) presented the preliminary results of the Atena project, obtained in the quantitative and qualitative analysis for Slovenia, that has been conducted in recent months in the project team (prof. dr. Mirko Vintar, assoc. prof. dr. Polonca Kovač, doc. dr. Tina Jukić, and others). Empirical analyses and comparisons demonstrate that Slovenia exemplarily follows European strategies, regulations and other development guidelines, while not adequately underlining national specifics in the exercise of national interest. The implementation and especially evaluation of public policies in Slovenia are not systematically performed, due to the (too) large and often changing political influence, based on unprofessional criteria. In case of government change, this usually means discontinuity of carrying out public policies. The analysis also showed the lack of public involvement and lack of decision-making based on empirical data, insufficient cross-sectoral cooperation among various ministries, and too high focus on regulatory and formal aspects. A scientific monograph on the evaluation of public policies, programs and projects will be published within the framework of the Atena project, and the project will continue with the development of indicators of evaluation that may be used in Slovenian administrative practice.
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