2 June-7 July 2021

OED x APROPOS: How Can Parliaments Better Oversee Executive Action During Crises?

This collaboration was organized together with APROPOS – Advancing Process in PoliticsOED Collaborations activate external partnerships to deliver its members with tailored events designed around a variety of themes, audiences, and objectives. To know more about collaborations, click here.

Thanks to the newly-launched Policy Design Sprint, participants from six different parliaments in Europe pioneered a completely new approach to cross-border policy design. The topic they decided to tackle is: “How can parliaments better oversee executive action during crises?”

This format offers a small group of dedicated participants a new way to collaborate on possible solutions to a single policy issue in multiple intensive meetings. The OED team supports the participants by providing expertise, resources, and ad-hoc and continuous research in-between meetings and throughout the whole process.

The Policy Design Sprint was fully remote and took place over the course of six weeks between 2 June and 7 July 2021.

  • Meeting 1 –Wednesday, 2 June 8.00 – 9.30 (CEST)
  • Meeting 2 – Tuesday, 15 June 13.00 – 15.00 (CEST)
  • Meeting 3 – Wednesday, 7 July 9.00 – 11.00 (CEST)


APROPOS – Advancing Process in Politics

APROPOS combines research with experimentation and decades’ worth of practical experience in designing deliberative decision-making processes and unique political dialogues. The APROPOS team designs meetings with policymakers, facilitates conversations, offers trainings to practitioners, and publishes research on political process to advance the dialogue and collaborative capacities vital for the decades of comprehensive societal changes ahead of us.

For more information, please click here.

About the Format: Policy Design Sprint

Following the steps of the Design Sprint methodology, a group of interested parliamentarians tackles one topic, starting from exploring the problem to working out a feasible way forward. The format consists of three 90/120-minute sessions and intermediate tasks with extensive support by the OED team. This approach is perfectly suited for groups that have a rough idea of a specific problem area they are thoroughly invested in addressing and need a guided process through which to formulate a common and impactful response. The process is light on expert input and relies on the parliamentarians’ initiative, pre-existing expertise, and ongoing contribution to pull through from start to finish.


Our activities are for Open European Dialogue network members only. Not a network member yet? Find out how to become one.

You are a network member and would like to join this call? Places are very limited, early registration is recommended. Please register with Rebecca Farulli (rfarulli@gmfus.org).

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