Instigating evidence-based and data-driven economic debate in Macedonia

The general objective of this action is to produce positive societal change by strengthening the economic debate in Macedonia, based on evidence from conducted research and driven by economic data.

The specific objective is to train FT constituents to engage in robust economic debate and offer a range of ways to encourage and steer critical and argumented economic debate. The action aims to achieve the following results:

  1. The constituents of FT have acquired skills and knowledge for engagement in and steering of the economic debate, and skills for including data and evidence in their common causes;
  2. The economic debate in Macedonia becomes more critical, analytical, more lively and diverse, and increasingly includes CSOs and other civil society actors; and
  3. The awareness of CSOs and the public in the economic debate becomes updated, multi-faceted and thematically diverse.

The activities of the action are grouped around the above three results. The first result will be achieved through the following activities: workshops for each of the target groups for methods of analysis, synthesis, interpretation, visualization and using of economic data; constitution of an advisory group between FT and the key economic policymakers, as well as meeting with the Advisory Board of the FT and the mapped CSOs in order to coordinate and plan how to raise the awareness about, and prepare proposals on the usage of economic data and findings; a public competition for the best essay on the topics of FT. The second result will be achieved through the following activities: annual panel debate, round table, short videos on economic issues, co-authoring and mentoring an economic TV show / text in the media, guest-lecturing at economic faculties, production of charts, info-graphs, GIF-s, and participation in the media through short statements and interviews. The third result will be achieved through the following activities: preparation and publication of a manual on methods for analysis of economic data, upgrading of the analytical publications of FT, as well as re-targeting of the dissemination of the analytical publications.

Timeframe: May 2017 – July 2018

Donor: Civica Mobilitas

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Essay competition for young economists

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