Conference: Evaluation of Public Policy Responses to 'black swans'

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Section: Institut

Date: 28. April 2022

‘Black swans’ are events that are (1) unpredictable to the observer, (2) impose a major effect, and (3) after their occurrence, they are rationalized by people in retrospect, as if they could have been expected.
As the first public event of the COST Action ’PROFEEDBACK’, the main objective of the conference is to facilitate knowledge-sharing and the identification of new practices, in order to provide input to the policy evaluation community over the following topics:

  • The applicability of the black swan theory to evaluation
  • Comparing evaluation methods and mapping examples of evaluations supporting policy repsonses to black swans
  • Evaluating the long-term impacts of black swans on policy-making
  • Comparative assessment of the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across EU regions


We encourage and highly welcome critical, multi- and interdisciplinary abstracts related to the topic of ’black swans’ in evaluation. See the formal requirements on the conference’s website. The deadline for submitting abstracts is February 28th.

Funded by COST, this event is free of charge for all participants. Registration is required for the conference via this form. The deadline for registration is April 13th.

Type: Collaborative event (ZSI as co-organiser)

Organizer: HETFA Research Institute and Center for Economic and Social Analysis

Location: Budapest

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Tags: evaluation, foresight