International Conference on ‘Programme Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment’
Funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and co-organised by the CUHK-Nankai Joint Research Centre of Social Policy and the Department of Social Work, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), the International Conference on ‘Programme Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment’ was successfully held on 21 – 22 October 2021 via Zoom with over 580 participants attended.
During this two-day conference, it was our honour to have Prof. Chi-yue CHIU, Dean of the Faculty of Social Science, CUHK and Ms. Ada CHU, Executive Manager, Charities Planning and Operations, The Hong Kong Jockey Club to officiate the conference. Three keynote speakers, Prof. Xinping GUAN, Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Nankai University, Prof. Tiziano VECCHIATO, President, Fondazione Zancan and Prof. Steven NGAI, Chairperson and Professor, Department of Social Work, CUHK, as well as eight plenary sessions’ speakers from Australia, Mainland China, Italy, Netherlands and Hong Kong gave us insightful presentations on their practical wisdom in conducting programme evaluation and lessons learnt from the social impact assessment. Over 30 scholars and practitioners from Australia, Burkina Faso, Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong also shared their research and experience with us in the parallel sessions.
The Centre is an inter-university Joint Research Centre, founded together with Nankai University in September 2008. It aims to enhance research collaboration and exchange among staff of both universities, with a view to promoting the development of social work and social welfare in Hong Kong and Mainland China.
- To conduct research on social policy issues relating to social needs, and social problems at the local, regional and national levels in Chinese societies.
- To enhance knowledge building and knowledge transfer, and promote quality research in social work and social welfare in Mainland China.
- To render critical attention to the development of welfare policy and welfare service provisions, and the indigenisation of social work in Mainland China.
- To enhance academic collaboration and exchange among local and overseas social policy scholars, and to encourage the mutual learning and information exchange between all levels of Mainland China Government and HKSAR Government
The Centre is equipped with an Academic Committee and an Administrative Committee, responsible for overall development, academic activities and administrative work; and there will also be a Guest Researcher in the Centre.
The areas of activity for the above mentioned committees and researcher are as follows:
- The Academic Committee: responsible for the academic planning and execution of the Centre, setting development strategy, and exploring and conducting research projects. The committee implements a dual chairperson and vice-chairperson system.
- The Administrative Committee: Nankai University designates an executive director for the Administrative Committee, to assist the director of the Centre with administrative work. Research assistants needed for conducting research projects will be hired when necessary.
- The Guest Researcher: well-known scholars will be invited as Guest Researchers of the Centre, responsible for providing professional advice to the Centre, conducting joint research with the members of the Centre and participating in various activities.
Research and academic activities
The Centre achieves its objectives through the following specific activities:
- Carrying out various types of social policy studies, including comparative research and specific policy research, as well as social policy research for central and local governments;
- Publishing academic study reports, consultancy reports, papers, policy recommendations and books;
- Organising conferences and seminars;
- Organising the exchange of scholars and students and visits between the two Universities;
- Other academic activities.
CUHK-Nankai Joint Research Center of Social Policy
Room 504, T. C. Cheng Building, United College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong