Feb 22, 2018  –  Feb 23, 2018  |  Casa Forte, Recife - PE, 52061-540

Transparency & Public Policy — Catalyst Workshop, Recife, Brazil

The Department of Political Science at Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE) in association with the School of Public Policy and Innovation (EIPP) is delighted to host “Transparency & Public Policy”. This two-day workshop will gather state and local policymakers and researchers to discuss the role of transparency in public policies.

This is the first event of a series of workshops particularly aimed to diffuse transparency amongst policymakers, following BITSS‘s mission to improve the quality of evidence for policy-making.

Location: Joaquim Nabuco Foundation, Recife, Brazil
February 22 – 23
09:00 am – 4:30 pm
Dalson Figueiredo and Nicole Janz. More about the Catalyst program here.


  • Carolina Campos, Education Councilor at Gravatá, Brazil
  • Flavianne Nóbrega, Visiting scholar Bucerius Law School and Assistant Professor of Law at UFPE
  • Dalson Figueiredo, BITSS Catalyst and Assistant Professor of Political Science at UFPE.
  • Arthur Aguillar, Economist and Evaluation Coordinator at EIPP
  • Madalena Rodrigues, Lawyer at Meu Recife, a Mobility Public Policy Organization
  • Rafael Sales, Social Scientist and Project Coordinator at EIPP

The workshop will cover:

  • Transparency issues at Brazil’s Public Ministry
  • Transparency in education, health, and public security
  • Policymaker’s speech about managing education in Brazil’s municipalities
  • Municipality education, IDEB and lack of transparency
  • Mobility public policies
  • Transparency evaluation in Brazilian capitals

This is part of the Fostering Transparency in Government Institutions and Higher Education: a Research and Teaching Initiative project led by Catalysts Dalson Figueiredo and Nicole Janz.

Workshop Facilitators:

(Organizer) Caio Malaquias is a Political Science Student at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. He is engaged in Transparency & Reproducibility studies and quantitative methods. He currently evaluates public policies and studies the intersection of political behavior and Psychology. Also he is a member of the Study Group on Research Methods in Political Science and member of the Research Laboratory in Institutional Design.

(Organizer) Débora Lira is a Political Science student at the Federal University of Pernambuco and an intern at School of Public Policy and Innovation. She was also a contestant at the Peer 2 Peer Challenge (2017) and a member of Virtù Political Consulting (2016-2017), a junior Company at UFPE.

Arthur Aguillar bachelor degree in Economics at PUC-Rio and Master’s degree in Public Administration and International Development at Harvard University. Former JPAL research analyst and research coordinator at London Scholl of Economics where he managed public health, education and political economy projects. He also has experience in impact evaluation and empirical studies at Brazil, India and Mozambique.

Dalson Figueiredo is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Scientific Director of the Professional Master’s Program in Public Policy, and a former fellow of the Summer Program in Social Science (2015-2017). He was visiting scholar at Indiana University (Bloomington, 2014), William Mitchell College of Law (Saint Paul, 2011) and Wisconsin University (Madison, 2009).

Nicole Janz is an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include human rights, FDI, corruption and slavery. She is involved in a number of initiatives to promote research transparency. She is an ambassador at the Center for Open Science (COS) and a catalyst at the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS). Before working at Nottingham, I taught statistics for social scientists at the Social Sciences Research Methods Centre, University of Cambridge.