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Team Members

Karol Olejniczak

Director of the project - Ph.D. in Management, a fellow of the Kosciuszko Foundation (George Washington University), and participant of Professor Elinor Ostrom's seminars (Indiana University). He finished his MA Studies at the European Institute of Public Administration (Public Administration) and is a graduate of EUROREG - Warsaw University (spatial economy). He has over ten year experience in applied research and evaluation, and has carried out analyses of public programmes and policies in Poland, Holland, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States. He is the author of a number of publications and expertises on evaluation and public management. His principal fields of interest are: public policy evaluation, regional development, contemporary management in government institutions and adult learning. Since 2008 he has supervised the Academy of Evaluation - postgraduate studies for public administration officers. He is currently employed as an Associate Professor in the European Regional and Local Study Centre (EUROREG) of Warsaw University.

Bartosz Ledzion

Economist. He is a graduate of the School of Entrepreneurship and Management (Leon Kozminski Academy), where he specialised in managing EU financed projects. He was/is a postgraduate at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH), specialising in project management. Since 2006, he has been the Programme Coordinator of postgraduate studies in the scope of evaluation at the Leon Kozminski Academy. He possesses eight years of experience in the field of evaluation research and organisational audit in public administration units. He has also participated in the implementation of several consulting and research projects. His areas of specialty are process-based research, institutional capacity evaluation as well as organisational audits of public administration units.

Adam Płoszaj

Ph.D. in management. Since 2006 he has been a research assistant in the European Regional and Local Study Centre (EUROREG) at the University of Warsaw. He specializes in interdisciplinary studies of regional and local development, including on regional innovation systems and strategies, regional scientometrics, R&D an higher education policy, university-business cooperation, R&D cooperation, technology transfer networks, inter- and intra-organizational cooperation, evaluation of EU programmes and projects. He has participated in the implementation of a number of research projects, national and international, theoretical and applied, including evaluation projects. He has implemented projects commissioned by the European Commission, the Ministry of Regional Development, the Ministry of Science and High Education, the Prime Minister Chancellor Office, the Polish Agency of Business Development (PARP) as well as regional and local bodies. He has conducted research projects in Poland, France, Ukraine and Canada (as a visiting scholar at the Carleton University in Ottawa).

Jakub Rok

Graduate in natural environment protection and geography of the Interdepartmental Individual Studies in Mathematics and Biology at Warsaw University and in spatial economy of the European Regional and Local Study Centre (EUROREG). His research interests are focused on questions of sustainable development and the theory of organisational learning. He co-authored (with Ph.D. Mikolaj Herbst),an expertise for the World Bank concerning equal opportunities in higher education. He is a geography teacher at one of Warsaw's higher schools. His experience in project implementation comes from working for NGOs associated, among others, with the Centre for Civic Education and EFTE Warsaw. He is a co-author of the documentary "8 Stories that Have Not Changed the World". He also possesses experience in research and educational projects dealing with Polish public administration. In 2008-2009, he delivered workshops within the framework of the programme "The Youth in Transparent Poland". In 2009-2010, he was an assistant at the Academy of Evaluation of the Programmes of Socio-Economic Development.

Dominika Wojtowicz

Ph.D. in Management. Graduate in Management Studies at the Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship and Management and in European Studies at the Warsaw University. Held research fellowships at the Faculty of Political Sciences Universita 'di Siena (Italy) and at the Faculty of Management at the Universidad Politecnica de Cartagena (Spain). Her research interests focus on effectiveness of public interventions aimed at strengthening regional and local development. She took part in a number of research projects including: PARITEA research project coordinated by the European Movement International (Brussels), the project COCOPS - Coordinating for Cohesion in the Public Sector of the Future - implemented under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission. For several years, she is an expert in evaluation research of projects and programs co-financed by EU funds. She was a coordinator of research conducted on modern methods and tools for evaluating specific areas of public intervention (projects named "Modern methods of measuring the impact of investments in transport infrastructure" and "Adaptation of the methodology of measuring the net effect of public interventions to the needs of the transport infrastructure sector"). Since 2003 she is an assistant professor in the Chair of European Studies at Leon Kozminski University.

Michał Kulesza 

He was a Professor at Warsaw University (Law and Administration Faculty) and Director of the Administrative Studies Unit in the Institute of Law and Administration Faculty at Warsaw University. He was an expert in the field of administrative law and public administration, a recognised theoretic and practitioner, and author of over 150 scientific publications. Co-author of administrative reforms for the Third Polish Republic and one of the principal creators of contemporary territorial government. He was the plenipotentiary of two councils of ministers, responsible for the development of the second stage of administrative reforms (the Under Secretary of State in Hanna Suchocka's government 1992-1994, the Secretary of State in Jerzy Buzek's government 1997-1999). Recently he was a social adviser to the Polish President, where he was in charge of local government. He has worked as a legal adviser, practitioner and consultant to projects dealing with public administration,a plenipotentiary in a number of legal suits in administrative courts and the Constitutional Tribunal. He has co-authored a number of Bills, such as a Bill on local government as well as the other bills concerning administrative reforms, a Bill on social and spatial planning, a Bill on the local economy and a Bill on private-public partnership.

Jowanka Jakubek-Lalik

Expert on administrative law, graduate of the Law and Administration Faculty at Warsaw University and the Institute of Political Science. She is a Ph.D. candidate at the Legal and Administrative Science Institute of Warsaw University and a Lecturer of administrative law and public administration science. She is a fellow in the London School of Economics and Political Science at Middlesex University in London. In 2006-2009, she was a secretary in the Administrative Studies Unit in the Institute of Warsaw University and coordinator of foreign scholarship programmes in the Institute of Political Science and at the European Institute of Warsaw University. She has co-authored a publication on the coordination of European and foreign policy in Polish administration and reforms of public administration. She was a Lecturer at Radboud University in Nijmegen and European Integration Studies in Agder University College Kristiansand (Norway). She was a trainer of administrative law as well as EU law and its implementation, such as in the framework of Polish administration to the Polish presidency of the European Union Council. She was also a member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies and has several years of experience in Polish government administration as a spokesperson for the General Inspector of Road Transportation and as a representative of that office to the international organization Euro-Controle-Route.

Dawid Sześciło

Expert on administrative law, graduate of Interdepartmental Human Studies at Warsaw University. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Warsaw University's Legal and Administrative Science Institute, a Lecturer of administrative law and public administration. He has been developing his doctoral dissertation on the impact of contemporary public management concepts on legal aspects of public administration operation. He is an expert on Non-Government Organizations in the field of public law (the Batory Foundation, the Human Rights Foundation and the Civic Development Forum). He is also the author of scientific publications in the field of public law, public administration and human rights, as well as publishing in the Territorial Government monthly.

Stanisław Mazur

MSAP team leader - Postdoctoral degree in Political Science. Graduate of the Law and Administration Faculty at Jagiellonian University. He was the Executive Director of the Centre for Research on Economy and Public Administration (1996-1997) and Director of the Malopolska School of Public Administration Cracow University of Economics (1997-2004). He has also been an Assistant Professor in the Public Economy and Administration Department of the Cracow School of Economics since 1999 and a member of the Civil Service Council since 2009. He was Deputy Editor of the Public Management quarterly. His scientific interests include: the quality of management, public policy analysis and administration in political systems. He participated as an expert and coordinator for a number of national and international projects (research and applied) in the field programming, implementation and evaluating public programmes and policies, the quality of management, public communication and participation, the labour market, regional development, etc. He is also the author of a number of scientific publications as well as over 100 expertises and documents.

Robert Chrabąszcz

Expert on public administration, graduate of the Political Science Institute at Jagiellonian University and of the Central European University in Budapest. Since 2009, he has been a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics and International Relations Faculty of the Cracow University of Economics (CUE) in the Department of Public Economy and Administration. His scientific and research experience strongly resulted from activities of state and its administrative apparatus. His experience includes research on the quality of public administration operation, the capacity of strategic management, the skills to manage EU funds, the construction of a system of public service indicators and public policies towards ethnic minorities. His professional experience deals with employment in public sector institutions - the Agricultural Advisory Centre in Tarnow (as a specialist in European programmes from 1998-2005) and in the Regional Labour Office in Krakow (as a Deputy Director from 2005-2007). He participated in a series of research and applied projects for improvement in public administration, including the Institutional Development Programme in 2001-2004.

Michał Możdżeń

Graduate of political science at Jagiellonian University and of administration at CUE. He has been a Ph.D. candidate since 2009 in the Economics and International Relations Faculty of Cracow University of Economics (CUE) in the Department of Public Economy and Administration. His scientific interests are focused on political economy, public choice theory, new institutionalism, economic growth theories and monopoly and oligopoly theories. He analyses in detail the question of the impact of governance concepts on public finances and the pace of budget processes. His professional experience includes local journalism, advising corporate social responsibility programmes and innovative practices in the public and private sector