prof. dr hab. Jarosław Górniak

The creator of the Centre for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies at the Jagiellonian University. Professor in the social sciences specializing in the field of social research methods, methodology of evaluation and analysis of public policy, sociology of economy and organization, and statistical data analysis.

He graduated in economics (Cracow University of Economics) and sociology (Jagiellonian University). His education continued at leading research centers, such as Hertford College (Oxford University), the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (University of Michigan), and the University of Cologne.

Since 2012 he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University. He is also head of the Department of the Sociology of Economy, Education and Research Methods. Currently he supervises a number of multi-year national research projects within the Operational Programme Human Capital, e.g. the Study of Human Capital in Poland. In his academic career he published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in scientific publications in the field of sociology and economics. He initiated launching of two English-language multi-disciplinary doctoral programs, namely "Society, Environment, Technology" and "Educational Measurement".

His knowledge and skills have been put to use outside academia as well. His research and expertise have repeatedly benefited large international organizations like the UN (United Nations Programme for Development), World Bank, European Commission, and SPSS Inc. He has supervised a number of projects commissioned by Polish authorities and government agencies, among others, Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Regional Development and Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.


e-mail: jaroslaw.gorniak(at)

Selected publications

Górniak J., Jerschina, Out of Corporatism Toward... Neo-corporatism?, in: J.Hausner, B.Jessop, C.Nielsen (eds.) "Institutional Framework of Market Economies: Scandinavian and Eastern European Perspectives", Avebury, Aldershot 1993.

Górniak J., Economy and education in the socialist corporate system, in: R.J. Pohoryles (ed.), European Transformations: Five Decisive Years at the Turn of the Century. An ‘Innovation' Reader 1988-1992, Avebury, Aldershot 1994 (re-edited version of the paper from 1989).

Górniak J., Use of Banking Services in Polish Households — a Survey, in: E. Miklaszewska (ed.), Competitive Banking in Central and Eastern Europe, Wyd. UJ, Kraków 1995.

Górniak J., Jerschina, From Corporatism to... Corporatism: The Transformation of Interest Representation in Poland, in: J. Hausner, B. Jessop, K. Nielsen (eds.), Strategic Choice and Path-Dependency in Post-Socialism, Edward Elgar Publ., Aldershot 1995.

J. Jerschina, J. Górniak, Socio-Economic Attitudes: a Comparative Analysis of Survey Results in Eastern Europe and Baltic States, in: N. Hood, R. Kilis, J.-E. Vahlne (eds.), Microlevel Studies of the Transition in the Baltic States, Macmillan Press, London 1997

Górniak J., Attitudes towards Money and dealing with Money: Selected Results of the Research in Poland, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Sciences, vol. 12, No. 4/1999, p. 633-646.

Górniak J., Dynamics of Social Support for Integration in Polish Society, w: Monitoring Preparations of Transition Countries for EU-Accession, Research Center of Integration of the Czech Republic into European Economy, Prague 2000.

Górniak J., Poverty in Transition: Lessons from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, in: A. Grinspun (ed.), Choices for the Poor. Lessons from national poverty strategies, UNDP, New York 2001.

Górniak J., MDG and Laeken indicators at work for poverty policy in Poland and other Central and Eastern European Countries, "EMERGO Journal of Transforming Economies and Societies" Vol.11 No.2 2(40)2004.

Ruiz Jimenez A., Górniak J., Kosic A., Kiss P., Kandulla M., European and National Identities in EU's Old and New Member States; Ethnic, Civic, Instrumental and Symbolic Components, European Integration online Papers (EIoP) Vol. 8 (2004) N° 11;

Górniak J., Diagnoza oraz strategia i jej kwantyfikacja (cele, priorytety, wskaźniki) w: Ewaluacja ex ante – podsumowanie doświadczeń administracji polskiej. Ministerstwo Rozwoju Regionalnego, Warszawa 2007.

Górniak J., K. Keler, Indicators in ex-post evaluation of public programmes, w: A. Haber, M. Szałaj (eds.), Evaluation in the Making: Context and Methods, PARP, MRR, Warszawa 2009 (enhanced English version of pos. 48).

Górniak J., (eds.), Kompetencje jako klucz do rozwoju Polski, PARP, Warszawa 2012.


Selected projects

2013 World Bank short term consultant (35 service days): report on "Implications of Ageing for Lifelong Learning" and workshop contributions.

2008 – 2014 Scientific project coordinator: "Study of Human capital" – a large systemic project conducted by Jagiellonian University and the Polish Agency of Enterprise Development;

2012 – 2014 Team-leader of the diagnosis and policy concept workgroup in the project "SPIN: Model of Innovation Transfer in Malopolska".

2011 – 2012 Research director and university coordinator of the expert project of the Prime Minister Chancellery "Equal treatment as a standard of good governance"

2010 Leader of the expert project "Towards definition of the strategic goals of the state until 2020" – commissioned by the Polish Ministry of Regional Development

2009 – 2010 Expert in the project of the 7th Framework Programme of EU "PASSO: Participatory assessment of sustainable development indicators on good governance from the civil society perspective"

2009 – 2011 Leading expert in the project Observatory of Regional Labour Markets (common project of employers' representative organization Pracodawcy RP, Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the Krakow University of Economics)

2008 Project coordinator and co-author: "Conditions and scope of implementation of the performance audit (evaluation) in Polish administration" – project commissioned by the Ministry of Finances 

2008 Co-author of the expert report: "Strengthening capacities of public administration in utilisation of indicators in the process of programming of the socio-economic development of the country and the regions" – project commissioned by the Ministry of Regional Development

2008 Co-author of the expert report: "Plan of increasing strategic capacities of the Polish public administration: identifying needs, activities and necessary means" – project commissioned by the Ministry of Regional Development

2008 Co-author of the expert report: "Strategic programming and its implementation as a tool of development policy" – project commissioned by the Ministry of Regional Development

2008 Project director: "Conceptual base for evaluation of the Prioryty II of the Human Capital Operational Programme" – commissioned by the Polish Agency of Enterprise Development 

2004 – 2006 Internal evaluator in the EU INTERREG III C international project TRATOKI – Transregional Toolkit for Micro-Enterprises.

2005 Project director of the Evaluation of the Activities 1.2 and 1.3 of Sector Operation Program of Human Resources Development (commissioned by Polish Government)

2004 Author of a background paper on social inclusion indicators for the UNDP/European Commission conference: Aligning the European Union Social Inclusion Process and the Millennium Development Goals (Vilnius April 26-27, 2004)

2001 – 2004 Senior expert and regional leader in the project on Institutional Development in Local and Regional Administration (part of the Rural Development Program co-financed by the World Bank).

2001 Contributor to Expert Group Meeting on Globalization and Rural Poverty, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), New York 

2000 – 2001 International consultant, UNDP/ILO project "Rural Poverty in Lithuania"

1999 – 2000 International consultant of UNDP, member of the team for the worldwide evaluation of the UNDP Poverty Strategies Initiative, responsible for the region of Central and Eastern Europe and CIS

1998 – 2003 Member of the research team preparing the "Euromonitoring" – the annual report on Poland's accession to the European Union.

1995 – onwards Consultant for Research Methods and Data Analysis to SPSS Polska


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