At the beginning of the seminar, which was intended for civil society organisations from all over Serbia, CEP Director Nebojša Lazarević pointed out how important the role of CSOs in the process of EU accession negotiations is. He also emphasized the special role of CSOs in the monitoring and evaluation process. In the morning, participants had the pleasure to listen to Sena Marić, CEP Researcher. In her lecture, she spoke about the basics of the policy cycle putting a strong emphasis on evaluation and monitoring as a key phase. Afterwards, participants had the pleasure of hearing a lecture on the methodology of public policy research. Ana Aleksić Mirić, PhD, from the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics, held the lecture and moderated a workshop on the mentioned topic. Throughout the rest of the day, participants presented the outcomes of their workshop activities and further discussed them with Milena Lazarević, CEP’s Senior Programme Manager. At the end of the first working day, participants had the opportunity to get to know each other better through an informal discussion on gaps in communication between the government and civil society.
During the second day of the seminar, participants were introduced to the working methodology and the way in which the policy cycle functions in the European Union. Lectures and workshops on the mentioned topic were held by Corina Stratulat, Senior Political Analyst from the European Policy Centre (EPC) in Brussels.
The seminar in Kovačica, dedicated to the topic of strengthening civil society in the area of monitoring and evaluation of public policies was part of the project ‘’Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies with Civil Society Support’’. It was organized by the European Policy Centre (CEP) and the Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN) from the 12th to 14th of November 2014. Interest for the seminar was very high. During the application period, we received over 150 applications. Unfortunately, due to logistical and financial restrictions, only 25 participants had the pleasure to partake in the seminar.
We sincerely hope that the participants of the seminar have learned plenty of useful things that they will be able to use and apply wisely in their own organisations!