Oto Potluka is a senior researcher at the Center for Philanthropy Studies, University of Basel (Switzerland). His research relates to the field of the regional and economic development, and civil society. He has participated in dozens of evaluation, research, and training projects in the field of economic development and the impact of public regulation and public expenditure programmes. His research effort concerns public expenditure programmes in regional development, especially those co-financed by EU cohesion policy. He has experience from several professional associations. He had been actively working on the board of directors of the Czech Evaluation Society for two terms between the years 2012 and 2015, and he is currently a member of the board of directors of the European Evaluation Society. As a member of these organisations, he has always actively participated in the building of evaluation culture and evaluation capacities.