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INSP Symposium on Social Policy

13. September 2018

What works and what doesn’t work in social and economic policy?

Systematic reviews aims to provide a complete, exhaustive summary of current literature on a given topic – and thus establish evidence based advices for intervention. How should systematic reviews be used? And is systematic reviews the best way to affect and improve policy?

Part 1: Systematic reviews – Better Policy Implementation? (09.00 – 12.15)

  • Welcome and Introductions
    Marit Skivenes, University of Bergen
    Douglas Besharov, University of Maryland
    Neil Gilbert, UC Berkeley
  • What are Campbell Collaboration systematic reviews? How are they used?
    Howard White, Campbell Collaboration
  • Other systematic (and non-systematic) literature reviews for policy and planning
    Jacob Klerman, Abt Associates
  • Adding a formal policy analysis
    Martin Potucek, Charles University
  • Establishing National and Regional Centers for Systematic Reviews
    Howard White, Campbell Collaboration
  • Personnel, Funding, Structure, etc.

Part 2: PhD Course: Introduction to Systematic Reviews (13.15 – 16.15)

See event for this part. Participation require preregistration.

  • Developing a Protocol
    Howard White, Campbell Collaboration
  • Synthesis
    Jacob Klerman, Abt Associates
  • Discussion / Analysis
    Douglas Call, University of Maryland
  • Publication
    Howard White, Campbell Collaboration
    Jacob Klerman, Abt Associates


The symposium is organized as part of International Network for Social Policy Teaching and Research (INSP) annual meeting. The symposium is free of charge and open for everyone.

The venue at Jekteviksbakken 31 (Bergen Resource Centre) is next to the Faculty of Law at UiB, where it is possible to purchase refreshments in the cafeteria.


International Network for Social Policy Teaching and Research

Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism

UC Berkeley Social Welfare

University of Maryland – School of Public Policy

Bergen Resource Centre


13. September 2018
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Jekteviksbakken 31
Jekteviksbakken 31
Bergen, Hordaland 5006 Norway
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