The strategic goal of the National Policy Dialogue in BiH in 2014-2016 is to facilitate an inclusive policy dialogue for the sustainable improvement of social science research in the country. This is to be done by building upon the results of the previous phase of the RRPP in BiH and in particular on the findings of policy research conducted through the three RRPP working groups from the 2011-2013 period.
In order to link the policy dialogue component with other components of the RRPP program and thus increase the quality and influence of the policy dialogue on the social science research, we will strive to integrate activities of the RRPP research projects with the National Policy Dialogue activities in the period 2014 - 2016. Teams of researchers gathered around certain RRPP research projects will be involved in the RRPP NPD activities through participation in policy-making, as well as through sharing experiences and opinions relevant to the issue of research in the social sciences.
The two specific objectives of the National Policy Dialogue in BiH for the 2014-2016 period are the following:
- Creating a Community of Practice - A specific goal is to create a “community of practice” that will include experts and broader group of stakeholders into a dialogue on policy issues related to the development of social science research in the country. The idea is to strengthen and connect researchers working in private and public institutions to become proactive advocates and initiators of policy changes at the micro level (the institution in which they work) and macro level (through broader policy processes). Such efforts will contribute to establishment of functional mechanisms advocating for improvement of the status of social science research in the country by linking researchers, universities, government, parliaments, think‐tanks, and other relevant stakeholders. In this way, we will aim at affecting decision-making processes and procedures by changing how a policy decision-making process is organized. Within this pillar, a dedicated advocacy website will be developed, in order to become a repository of resources and the central advocacy platform for the research reform in the social sciences in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its main purpose will be to generate and collect information, and facilitate policy analysis and debate on key aspects of policy reform in the social science research in BiH.
- Broadening policy debate on social science research by reframing the way issues are debated and creating pressure for change through introduction of new ideas, new ways of thinking about problems and policy issues. Among many potential topics, this in particular relates to identifying potential models for creating enabling environment for social science research in BiH.