SPARK session – Testing social policy innovation – Riga

Thursday 22nd of May 2014
Radisson Blu Hotel Latvia, Rīga Elizabetes iela 55, LV -1010, Rīga, Latvija 9:00am - 12:00pm

This information session explored methods to test Social Policy Innovation. We reviewed the practice of testing new ideas and policies and collecting evidence about the real impact of measures on people. We also launched a new European-based Network for Social Policy Analysis for Robust Knowledge (SPARK).

The event covered:

· The meaning of Social Policy Innovation

· The benefits of policy impact assessment

· Social policy experimentation best practice in Europe

· Follow up training and resources available from the    European Commission

· The benefits of joining SPARK


The SPARK network is for policymakers, practitioners, organisations or individuals who want to further their own evidence through policy impact assessment and encourage a wider debate on research in social policy.

This is part of a larger initiative from the EU Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion to promote the benefits of social policy experimentation throughout the EU. The project is managed by LSE Enterprise, the consulting arm of the London School of Economics, in partnership with J-PAL Europe and the Alliance for Useful Evidence.

Join SPARK here.


For more information, please look at our website or contact:

Ms Bregtje Kamphuis 

Project Manager, LSE Enterprise Ltd

Email: [email protected]

    Speakers include

  • Arnaud VaganaySenior Researcher, London School of Economics
  • Orla DoyleSenior Researcher, UCD School of Economics