Public Administration and Policy Analysis Center

The Public Administration and Policy Analysis Center was established in 2007. The centre brings together IIRPS researchers and various students working in the field of public administration and public policy. This center conducts research in all areas of the discipline: public administration, public policy process and public policy analysis. Public administration and policy analysis discipline from other disciplines of political science is distinguished by interdisciplinarity, and close ties with representatives of various stakeholders (decision-makers, public administration practitioners or social partners).

The main tasks of the Center are:

  • To carry out significant research in the areas of public administration, public policy process and public policy analysis, creating new scientific knowledge and high scientific results together with researchers of Lithuanian and foreign science centres;
  • To spread research results to both the national and international academic community through participation in various scientific networks (EGPA, NISPAcee, IPPA, etc.), in events and projects, in cooperation with representatives of the various stakeholder groups;
  • To educate public policy analysis researchers, involving the IIRPS Public Policy Analysis Program and other students in the research conducted by the Center’s researchers, with the participation of the IIRPS doctoral studies process.

The Center’s representatives participated in various research activities, including Lithuanian Science Council (LSC) funded research “Trends in the structure and activity of the Lithuanian governance institutions”, “Priorities of the Lithuanian Government’s activity: implementation process and results”, “Good governance and trust in the authorities in creating a welfare society in Lithuania” and “Impact of Sunset Commission’s recommendations on Lithuanian Public Management Policy 1999-2016”.

Priorities of the Center

The first priority in the short term is the attraction of new promising researchers (postgraduate students, doctoral students, post-doctoral students) to the Center’s activities. This would help IIRPS researchers to intensify research and disseminate their results, as well as contribute to better development of the IIRPS Public Policy Analysis Program and allow this Master’s program and other students to maintain their research skills.

The second priority in the short term is the initiation of joint research projects, with the aim of attracting program funding for their implementation. Following the publication of LSC research invitations, the possibilities to form a team of TSPMI researchers and to submit an application for further research on the public policy process, which in Lithuania are mainly carried out only IIRPS, will be examined. The new project is expected to combine the emerging research topics with significant areas of government activities, and its results could be used to improve the content and processes of public policy in Lithuania.