Launch of the Flemish Evaluation Platform - Vlaams Evaluatieplatform

December 7th 2007, Flemish Parliament, Brussels

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Stimulated by a number of workshops on policy evaluation held by the Flemish Association for Pubic Policy and Management (Vlaamse Vereniging voor Bestuur en Beleid, VVBB) in 2006, the launch of a Flemish Evaluation Platform (Vlaams Evaluatieplatform - VEP) has been prepared behind the scenes during the past months in 2007.

The initiative stems from different organisations - VVBB, the Public Management Institute (K.U. Leuven), the Higher Institute of Labour Studies, The Institute of Development Policy and Management (University of Antwerp), The Centre for Social Policy Herman Deleeck (University of Antwerp), the Study Centre of the Flemish Government, the Belgian Court of Audit, the Social-Economic Council of Flanders, the Flemish Environmental Administration, and the Management School of the Province of Vlaams-Brabant.

The Flemish Evaluation Platform aspires to be an open network, oriented at organising and promoting the exchange of ideas, experiences, knowledge and information on policy evaluation, between all actors, policy sectors and governmental levels. To emphasize its accessibility, the platform explicitly opts in favour of a structure without paid membership.

In presence of more than 200 interested people, the VEP was officially inaugurated on Friday 7th December 2007, in hall 'De Schelp' of the Flemish Parliament in Brussels. Distinguished speakers of important organisations in the European world of evaluation, i.e. the European Commission and the European Evaluation Society, have introduced the event. At the kick-off event the audience was introduced to the evaluation platform, its mission and future role. The participants entered into a debate with privileged witnesses and users within the federal, Flemish regional and local public sector. Also, they took the opportunity for shaping the themes and activities which will figure on the agenda of the platform during the coming months.



Welcome and introduction by the chair of the symposium
Prof. dr. Marleen Brans, Public Management Institute, K.U.Leuven


Policy evaluation within the European Commission
Mr. Johan Geyskens, European Comission, DG Budget, Evaluation Unit


The benefits of evaluation networks: experiences in Europe
Mr. Peter Dahler-Larsen, President of the European Evaluation Society (EES)

11.10 Question time

Presentation of the Vlaams Evaluatieplatform (VEP)
Mr. Peter Van Humbeeck, chair of the VEP coordination committee


Debate with privileged witnesses and users within the federal, Flemish regional and local public sector

  Prof. dr. Dirk Ramaekers, Federal Knowlegde Centre for Health
Ms. Micheline Scheys, Flemish department for Education and Training, Division Strategic policy, planning and research
Mr. Rudi Van Gurp en Ms. Noora Paruys, City of Genk, Policy Planning Service
Prof. dr. Lode Vereeck, University of Hasselt

Presentation of upcoming activities of the VEP and closing of the symposium by the chair

12.35 Lunch

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Vlaams Evaluatieplatform - VEP

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3000 Leuven

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