February 21, 2019

US Capitol in Winter

STATE OF EVIDENCE: PRESENTATIONS on DEBATES and PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY & GOVERNANCE

The Evidence in Governance & Politics (EGAP) Research Network, in collaboration with NYU DC, co-hosted a policy, research, and networking event which aimed to showcase policy relevant research on candidate debates; and public service delivery & governance.

A reception followed the program. Participants were welcome to join the entire event, or individual panel sessions.

Panel I: Measuring the Impacts of Candidate Debates: A Conversation Between Researchers and Practitioners

Practitioners like National Democratic Institute, the Commission on Presidential Debates and Debates International network support candidate debates across the globe with the aim of helping candidates, political parties and voters to focus on policy issues rather than religious, ethnic or regional identity politics. At the same time, emerging research demonstrates a variation in the impacts of debates on citizens. This panel brings together academic researchers and debates practitioners to share what we know about the impacts of debates, what we can know through rigorous research and what we still want to know about the outcomes and impacts of debates on the political ecosystem

Matt Dippell

Matt Dippell

Eric Kramon

Eric Kramon

Pia Raffler

Pia Raffler

Linda Stern

Linda Stern (Moderator)

Panel II: How Does Governance Affect Public Service Delivery

Increasingly, international organisations and other donors are supporting developing country governments in their effort to address complex governance challenges. While improved governance is sometimes perceived to be an end in itself (e.g. SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions), it is often justified as ultimately helping improve service delivery. This panel will draw on a wealth of experience in Africa, Latin America and South Asia to address issues such as: Which governance challenges should be addressed first? Have governance reforms been successful in improving service delivery? Is citizen engagement critical? Can governments take advantage of big data to safely improve feedback loops?

Dr. Ghazala Mansuri

Dr. Ghazala Mansuri

Ana de la O

Ana de la O

Ken Opalo

Ken Opalo

Julien Labonne

Julien Labonne (Moderator)