Policy Labs: the next frontier of policy design and evaluation. Implications for the EU Cohesion Policy

Karol Olejniczak, Kathryn Newcomer, Sylwia Borkowska-Waszak

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

27 Downloads (Pure)


The fundamental challenge for policy practitioners is how to obtain researchbased feedback on “what works and why” early enough to allow for improvement of policy solutions. This chapter proposes ‘policy labs’ as a solution to this challenge. It draws on the established tradition of program evaluation, the emerging practice of social labs, and insights from institutional analysis and applied behavioural science. Policy labs offer three tools to assist Cohesion Policy practitioners: a new framework for designing policy interventions, space for safe, collaborative learning from implementing experimental solutions within existing programs, and a diverse research method to provide credible knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning from Implementation and Evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy
Subtitle of host publicationLessons from a Research-policy Dialogue
EditorsNicola Dotti
Place of PublicationBrussels
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9782960187908
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • policy research
  • policy labs
  • cohesion policy
  • interventions
  • collaborative learning
  • evaluation

Cite this