20 Jan 2015
21 Jan 2015
Brussels (BE)

5th Impact Assessment Course by JRC and SecGen

The course, organised jointly with the Secretariat-General, mainly addresses to JRC-based or affiliated researchers whose work is used for the scientific base of Commission Impact Assessment (IA) reports, or who are making use of Commission IA's in other research contexts.

It will consist of an introduction to key steps in impact assessment and fundamental questions about the use of modelling for IA, illustrated with cases.                         

The main course objective is to provide participants who are involved in research supporting Commission impact assessments with practical guidance on the key analytical steps of impact assessment; to inform them about how IA fits in Commission decision making; about what roles models play in this and how the preparation, the evidence‑base and the final presentation can be optimised. Another important aim is to enable participants to apply general concepts in their specific work environment and research topic, and to identify ways in which the interaction  between researchers, officials, politicians and other relevant actors can be improved.


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Berlaymont building, Jean Rey Room

Tuesday 20 Jan 2015 - 9:30 – 18:00

Wednesday 21 Jan 2015 - 9:00 – 17:00




Day 1 - morning

Andrea Saltelli, JRC
General introduction and fundamental questions about the use of modelling for IA file [14 MB]

Michal Narozny, SecGen
Key steps in Impact Assessment illustrated with cases. How IA fits in Commission decision making file [1 MB]


Day 1– afternoon

Kjetil Rommetveit, University of Bergen
Quality issues in the policy making process file [6 MB]

Michaela Saisana, JRC
Multi Criteria Analysis file [1 MB]

Giulia Santangelo, JRC
Econometric analysis and counterfactual studies in the context of IA practices file [973 KB]

Andrea Saltelli, JRC
Sensitivity auditing: Gauging model quality in relation to model use file [15 MB]


Day 2 - morning

Philip B. Stark, University of California, Berkeley
Use and abuse of statistics

Ângela Guimarães Pereira, JRC
Participatory methods file [8 MB]

Stefano Tarantola, JRC
Fundamentals of sensitivity analysis file [1 MB]