Towards a culture of quality policymaking in transition countries. The case of
Work and Advocacy Plan
of the project and the research problem.
This project aims to investigate the policy processes in
transition countries, with a special focus on education, trying to identify the
articulation of a policy making culture and the main milestones towards a
mature policymaking system.
This research aims to investigate
the process of development of a mature policymaking system in transition
contexts and, based on that, the articulation of a policymaking culture. We
plan to analyze the technical-functional, conceptual and professional
development of this process, directly in two countries:
Poland: central European former communist
country, with very challenging developments in the field of education
(accelerated evolution towards decentralization, focus on quality assurance,
priority for improvement of teaching and learning). Poland
recently joined the EU but all data shows that the real transition didnít stop as result of this political will.
Having a social and everyday life culture more influenced by western world and
catholic values, Poland
is still plotting its path towards success.
Romania: maybe the country with the most
fragmented developments and evolutions after the fall of communism, situated at
the crossroads of the Central - East European and Balkan cultures, a Latin
country surrounded by Slavic neighbors. Romania
is now in the pre-accession stage to the EU, integration being expected to
happen in 2007. Pre-university education reform in Romania
is often given as example of success by the World Bank, but the struggles
between coherent development and the so-called schizophrenic evolution is not
decided yet in one direction or another.
This direct and in-depth study will be complemented by study
of basic educational policy documents from other transition countries in the
Slovakia etc., according to availability).
OSI & SON Programs and institutions
important resource center for this research is the Centre for Policy Studies
at OSI, through the expertise gained over the last year in the transition
contexts. The CPS specialist and the network of policy centres
could provide relevant information and support in the research process, as well
as review of draft research paper. The network of policy centres
may be used as a tool for dissemination of the final results of this research.
educational organization Centre Education 2000+ in Romania,
member of the Soros Open Network, became in the last
years an educational policy expertise center. They organized policy debates
with the main stakeholders on the educational scene in Romania
and presented policy research to the broader public. We already had a
discussion and agreed that Centre Education 2000+ will include the findings of
my research in one of their policy-related events. The final paper may be
published on their website.
Local Government Initiative program
will be considered also as resource and as potential user of the results of the
research, since this project was initiated as a continuation of an LGI
fellowship on Decentralization of
education. The results of this research could be used as basis for a
workshop on Policymaking in transition
workshop on policy processes and policymaking in education in traistion countries could be also included in the program
of CEU Ė SUN.
- Related policy institution and programs
Department for Educational Policy and Strategies in the Ministry of Education
and Research in Romania
is a new structure, created in January 2005 and in process of development. In
my current position as advisor of the minister of education, I have a
continuing contribution to the development of this department and there are
consistent possibilities to use the research in the institutional capacity
building at this level.
3.2. †The Local Partners (FPDL) foundation in Romania
will be contacted in order to inform their actions and workshops with the
relevant results of this research.
- Main deliverables
- A research
report (in English) on culture of policymaking in transition
countries, with a special focus on education. The ~20 pages research
report will try to emphasize the main features and characteristics of
policymaking process in Central and South Easter Europe, looking deeply to
the situation in the field of education.
- A paper
translated in Romanian and published / made available to the wider
public, correlating the research on previous LGI project with the current research.
- A workshop organized
with mr. Claudiu Craciun, colleague in the same research
group, for the staff in Ministry of Education and Research, with the aim
to strengthen capacity for using policy tools for strategic steering and
quality policy making in education.
- An article published
in an international journal I which research results will be presented and
- A policy
briefing paper for policymakers in the public field with
recommendation on how to manage policy process and how to strengthen
capacity of central governance for policy making, implementation and
I am currently working as lecturer
in Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at University
of Bucharest. A 3 hours workshop
will be prepared and delivered to students of this faculty and eventually,
at request, to students from other faculties / universities. This workshop
will be a part of the Educational Policy course introduced to Bachelor degrees
studies starting with this year.