Promoting a culture of evidence-based policy making
The phase ends when the stakeholders reach a ﬁrst agreement in the form of a Participatory Policy Assessment (PPA) that will provide the necessary evidence and lay the foundations for the ensuing Consensus Building Phase. This document will be the result of the collaboration among the key stakeholders identified during the mapping and will consist on a joint analysis of the policy in question, thus contextualising the ensuing dialogue process within a concrete policy landscape and pointing out the areas of contention and potential conﬂicts that will need to be addressed to achieve consensus.
This document will also include a set of policy indicators jointly agreed upon by the participants to measure the state and evolution of the policy at stake. These policy indicators can already exist and be regularly updated by the national statistical office or other government bodies – in which case one of the key efforts will be to ensure that they are accurate and available – or not yet exist officially, in which case the participants in the dialogue process can undertake their development as part of their joint research.
Basing the discussions on concrete and reliable data stems not only from a belief in the importance of promoting a more rigorous approach towards policy-making, but also from the assumption that promoting a culture of dialogue requires, in the ﬁrst place, to overcome the sort of partisan dialectics that tend to neglect facts when they contradict a given ideological stance.