Ismeri Europa is a company that has been operating at international level for over 30 years. It performs strategic consulting, socio-economic research and policy assessments in order to make concrete recommendations and facilitate the decisions of policy makers called upon to implement policies for development, innovation and employment. Ismeri Europa manages programs and projects at European and international level, coordinates a network of researchers in EU countries, USA, Latin America, China, Thailand and India and is involved in:
Ismeri Europa is a research and consulting institute which has been operating at both national and international levels since 1985. We offer support to governments and key actors in the implementation of policies and programmes for economic and social development, as well as environmental sustainability.
With its international experience, constant integration between research and consulting and advanced and innovative analysis techniques, Ismeri Europa can offer its customers simple and effective solutions to deal with challenges of growth and change. Our approach, extensive experience and attention to our clients’ needs have made Ismeri Europa a leading company in Italy and Europe in the evaluation of public policies, technical assistance, and planning and control of operations co-financed by the EU Structural Funds. Our main customers are:
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Regional and urban development is the yardstick used to measure a country’s ability to integrate competitiveness, equality, environmental sustainability and citizen well-being. It is therefore at the heart of the industrial, social and infrastructural strategies of the EU and is a key component in any structural change.
Ismeri Europa has thirty years of experience studying problems related to regional development and Italian and European urban cohesion policies. Ismeri Europa’s contributions to administrative decisions range from macro to microeconomic levels and link territorial analysis to local development. Ismeri Europa has contributed to defining and implementing transportation plans and national methane plans, development programmes and regional research, integrated projects, territorial agreements and development projects promoted by local governments.
Ismeri Europa is a European leader in the evaluation of economic and social cohesion policies and has conducted the main evaluation of these national and European policies. Since the early Nineties, Ismeri Europa has been called on by DG Regio (EC) to participate in the ex-post evaluations of all cycles of European programming; in the last twenty years, several Italian authorities have also turned to Ismeri Europa for ongoing evaluations and economic and territorial analysis.
With its many years of experience, Ismeri Europa can offer advanced analysis and innovative techniques such as counterfactual impact econometric analysis, cost-benefit analysis, qualitative techniques and statistical surveys. The EC has also asked Ismeri Europa to draft development assessment guidelines and give its activities an international dimension. Ismeri Europa relies on highly qualified resources that can:
Within the area of regional development programmes, Ismeri is often called upon to provide technical operational assistance to both local governments and the European Community. Moreover, Ismeri team members have recently been involved in a support service working alongside the European Commission (DG Regio) on the Administrative Efficiency Plans (AEP) that the Italian authorities must prepare in conjunction with the 2014-2020 programmes.
Support of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) to the implementation of the Country Specific Recommendations and to structural reforms in Member States
The study concerns the support of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI) to the implementation of the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs) and to structural reforms in Member States. The analysis is aimed at assessing the alignment between Cohesion policy and the European Semester and at understanding how ESI Funds contribute to support reforms (including governance and institutional capacity), also through ex ante conditionalities. The ultimate objective is to identify main lessons learned for the preparation of the post 2020 programming period.
The aim of this project is to provide an ‘evaluation helpdesk’ to the Commission that will review the 2014–2020 evaluation plans, identify evaluations undertaken by managing authorities in 2015–2019, review a sample of evaluations and provide support to Member States in refining their evaluation plans, designing and managing evaluations.
Review of evaluations of Cohesion policy 2007-13 and development of structured approach to the review of the 2014-20 evaluation plans
The principal objective of the contract is to develop an approach which will support a future ‘Evaluation Helpdesk on Cohesion policy’, i.e. to compile a list of the evaluations undertaken by the Managing Authorities and other research produced within the Member States in 2013 and 2014; to review a sample of evaluations, and to develop a structured approach to the quality review of the 2014-2020 evaluation plans.
Ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) – Work Package 13 – Geography of expenditure (La Voce’s article)
The project consists of assembling a database of allocations to selected projects as well as expenditure of the ERDF and CF programmes under the Convergence, Regional Competitiveness and Employment (RCE) and the European Territorial Cooperation objectives (ETC), at NUTS3 level of detail and by the 86 priority themes. In order to assemble the database, the study team interacts with all the MA of the EU28, while gaps are estimated econometrically. Further tasks include a consolidation with 2000-2006 NUTS3 data, and exploring the possibility to create a single series from 1994 onwards.. The database will be used in further studies while the results of the exercise will be be also published in the form of maps.
Technical support to analyze the actions to improve the Italian capacity in managing and implementing ERDF proposed in the operational programs (2013-2020)
Technical assistance and review of the Italian “Administrative Improvement Plans” (AIP); assist the relevant administrations in the first stage of implementation of the AIPs in order to enhance the administrative capacity of Italian ERDF Operational Programmes and provide DG Regio with technical support and advice for the approval and implementation of AIPs
Ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) – Work Package One: Synthesis report
The objective of the contract is to synthesise the work packages of the ex post evaluation of the ERDF and CF in the 2007-2013 programming period, to support Commission services in the organisation, coordination and quality assurance of all the work packages of the ex post evaluation and to produce concise reports on the developments and achievements in each of the 28 Member States which were in receipt of financial support over the period.
Ex ante evaluation of the NOP Culture and Development 2014-2020
Ex-ante evaluation of the National Operational Program 2014-2020 whose main activities have been: analysis of internal and external coherence of the program, support the review of the structure of the program, analysis of the logical framework, development of intermediate and final program indicators and targets. Analysis of adequacy of organizational structures and of measures foreseen to reduce the administrative burden.
On going evaluation of the Regional Operational Programme (European Regional Development Fund – Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective) 2007-2003
Evaluation activities aimed at supporting monitoring activities and to verify the achievement of the strategic objectives of the Operational Programme of Tuscany Region (Regional Competitiveness and Employment objective) 2007-2013. Besides five monitoring reports of the programme, five thematic evaluations are envisaged (R&D, Energy, Mountain areas, Managing of the program, Urban Development). The evaluations will use both quantitative (counterfactual) and qualitative methodologies (case studies and theory based approach).
Ex Post Evaluation of a National Programme Aiming at the Empowerment of the Public Administration in Convergence Regions”
Evaluation, quality monitoring, dissemination of results achieved through actions implemented under the Empowerment Programme, with the aim of maximising awareness in terms of integration, institutional capacity, communication and sharing of initiatives carried out in the light of the activities of the Ministry of Civil Service Reform (DFP) in the framework of the EU 2007-2013 programming period and the recent reform of the public administration.
Expert Evaluation Network delivering Policy Analysis
The Expert Evaluation Network has been established by DG Regio to deliver policy analysis on the performance of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013. As part of the “EvalNet” contract, Ismeri and their partners has coordinated a team of experts covering the entire EU27. Each year the network produces 27 country policy papers on selected themes (innovation policy and strategy, energy efficiency, financial engineering, jobs created), 27 country reports on achievements of Cohesion Policy, 2 EU Synthesis reports and an analysis of best practices in evaluation. This entails developing guidance material since reports are drafted in a way that they can be used as a tool in negotiating mandates 2014; indeed, they also focus on special aspects/issues suggested by the Geographical Units in order to support the negotiation process. As part of the project coordination, Ismeri provides quality-assurance and carries out monitoring and evaluation activities. This include synthesis and analysis of results, quality control (both regarding contents and language) of national contributions and consistency of reporting. An extensive methodological work is carried out in relation to: the preparation of the analytical templates for reporting and the selection of best practices in evaluation. In this respect, a specific task (task 4) on reviewing evaluation methodologies was carried out. All the 27 Member States and regions ERDF evaluations have been revised, classifying them and discussing in a methodological panels of experts, to develop guidelines and also train officials responsible of evaluation, especially in New Member States in order to improve their practices. In supporting the preparation of country reports, the coordinating team manages databases of regional development indicators and of financial data concerning EU funds support. All the above activities require a capacity to ensure backstopping in short notice to the Client. Finally the organisation of two meetings of the expert panel each year is expected
Regional challenges in the perspective of 2020 Regional disparities and future challenges
The study focused on the capacity of European regions to adapt their productive and social structure to the new international challenges and modifications in the international markets. This process was directly connected to the debate of the new cohesion policy after 2013, Europe 2020 and the capacity of single countries and the EU to support new development models. In this study Ismeri was responsible for drafting concept papers and organising seminars with officials from the EC, World Bank, the Bartelsmann Foundation and sectoral experts on the main challenges (globalisation, climate change, demographic change, new social risks, energy) affecting European territories in the upcoming years. In this project, Ismeri utilised an econometric model of the world economy to estimate the effects of globalisation on European and neighbourhood economies in 2020 and build up alternative scenarios for European regions.
Distribution of Competences in relation to Regional Development Policies in the Member States of the European Union
The study aimed at examining the interconnections between devolution trends in different Member States and the financial capacity that was granted to the local and regional authorities to exercise their new powers, with a particular focus on development policy. This analysis highlighted the actual extent of power-sharing among tiers of government concerning public expenditure for development and the relevance of EU Cohesion Support across spending categories and policy areas. In this project Ismeri has carried out data collection and analysis of the regional development spending of the different administrative levels. The analysis required the use of many statistical classifications (ESA95, COFOG, additionality definitions) and statistic and econometric estimation methods.
Ex-post evaluation of cohesion policy programmes 2000-2006 co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (Objectives 1 and 2) – WP1: Coordination, Analysis and synthesis
This study was one of the 11 work packages (WPs) of the ex post evaluation of the impact of the Structural Funds in Objective 1 and Objective 2 regions on economic and social cohesion. The overall aim has been to coordinate the various studies being undertaken to assess the effect of Cohesion Policy over the period 2000-06. The ex post evaluation produced macroeconomic and regional development analysis, assembling and processing financial implementation data, as well as theoretical and international organisations recommendations. The team supervised thematic evaluations and econometric analyses of the other work packages, provide a taxonomy of Objective 2 programmes and regions. All these activities required a strong methodological work as well as quality assurance including synthesis and analysis of results, consistency of reporting etc. The assignment has produced original insights on regional convergence and territorial effects of Cohesion Policy in objective 2 regions. In addition, it has revised macroeconomic impacts estimated with econometric models. An extensive work on databases was carried during the analysis and an essential background information on implementation of Cohesion Policy was provided to the Commission, hence the outputs had a strong guidance role for the successive development of the policy. Finally, in supporting the preparation of country reports, the coordinating team manages databases of regional development indicators and of financial data concerning EU funds support. All the above activities require the capacity to ensure backstopping in short notice was also a fundamental requirement.
Technical Assistance to the economic and social parties engaged into the implementation and the audit processes of the OP within the 2000-2006 Community Support Framework for Objective 1 Regions (QCS) 2000-2006
The project aimed at improving the organization of the social dialogue between the socio-economic Parties and MAs of operational programs. In particular, we provided and promoted an organizational model to organize the partnership process between the public institutions, central and local, and the other social and economic partners. Such an organizational model was conceived and discussed with all partners and was finally approved and utilized. The organizational model defined all the procedural steps for assuring consultation and cooperation in the different phases of the management of the OP’s from the conception of the strategy to its implementation, management, evaluation etc. Other activities carried out within the project included (seminars on the model partnership, the status of partnerships) and numerous meetings and workshops on a large range of issues (development and labour policy, capacity building, institutional arrangements, etc.). The project has allowed Ismeri Europe to address the organizational problems of the different regional situations and to investigate the management mechanisms, the human resources allocation, the procedures characterizing each institution involved in the Operational Programs management.
Valutazione Ex-ante del POR FESR – Competitività e innovazione-2007-2013
Realizzazione, insieme al Nucleo Regionale di valutazione, della valutazione ex ante del POR FESR con l’obiettivo di aumentare la coerenza e l’ efficacia del programma.
Valutazione indipendente intermedia del Programma Operativo Nazionale “Servizio Imprenditoriale Locale” Regioni Obiettivo 1 2000/2006
Valutazione ed analisi sui processi di attuazione, di realizzazione e dei risultati del PON nel suo complesso e nelle singole misure. Valutazione dell’utilizzo del sistema degli indicatori del QCS e del PON. Nella realizzazione di questa valutazione sono state utilizzate diverse tecniche e modalità di lavoro (analisi macroeconomiche micro-economiche, interviste e beneficiari finali e gruppi di controllo), le quali rappresentano uno dei più completi set di analisi attivato negli ultimi anni sulle politiche industriali. La valutazione ha consentito di avviare un’ampia riflessione sulle politiche industriali in Italia, e di alimentare il dibattito in corso sulla riforma dei sistemi di incentivi alle imprese. Il progetto ha visto nel 2005 un aggiornamento della valutazione.
Research and innovation lie at the basis of the competitiveness of people, companies, institutions and territories, and constitute the heart of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Translating strategy into reality requires the ability to act expeditiously in a complex and multidisciplinary sector which, in order to define choices, requires knowledge of technologies, companies, production chains, medium and long term economic and technological. It is a constantly evolving sector in which significant risks of failure need to be dealt with.
Ismeri Europa assists the institutions and various public and private stakeholders in the design, management and evaluation of research and technological innovation
Research and innovation are the basis of competitiveness of people, companies, institutions and territories, and constitute the heart of the Europe 2020 Strategy. Translating strategy into reality requires the ability to act rapidly in a complex, multidisciplinary sector which, in order to define choices, requires a knowledge of technologies, companies, production chains and medium- and long-term economic and technological objectives. It is a constantly evolving sector in which significant risks of failure need to be dealt with.
Ismeri Europa assists the institutions and various public and private stakeholders in the design, management and evaluation of research and technological innovation.
Ismeri Europa is one of the leading research institutes in Europe and is involved in:
Ismeri Europa has gained extensive experience in these areas and relies on a network of international experts.
RED provides a technology intelligence service based on a database that organizes all the relevant information contained in the applied research projects funded by the Seventh European Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). RED is the result of an analysis of more than 6,000 projects funded and classified according to a taxonomy, tested in nine application areas, which are subdivided into scientific and key technologies areas and which cover the whole of the intervention of the 7FP on science and technology.
RED provides a technology intelligence service based on a database that organizes all the relevant information contained in the applied research projects funded by the Seventh European Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7). RED is the result of an analysis of over 6,000 projects funded and classified according to a taxonomy, tested in nine application areas which are subdivided into scientific and key technologies areas and cover the whole of the intervention of the 7FP on science and technology.
RED has been designed with the aim of helping decision-makers to define policies and interventions regarding the formulation of national and regional strategies in accordance with the Horizon 2020 programme and Smart Specialisation; it provides data for definition on the scale of individual technologies and provides additional information on the spatial nature of the geographic location (NUTS 1 and NUTS 2) of financed subjects (firms, universities, research centres) and the type of investment and financial resources covering the seven years of the programme (2007-2013). It also supplies data to companies; universities and research centres that need to do benchmarking analysis or find partners and best performers in specific scientific areas or key technologies.
This makes RED a systematically updated innovative research tool which is applicable to any other set of regional, national and EU RTDI interventions not available on the market. RED provides researchers and public officials with useful information and the essential knowledge they need for analysis, planning and evaluation activities related to research policies and innovation. In addition to macro analysis, RED offers detailed micro data required to do analysis (scenario, benchmarking, etc.) at the level of individual technologies and key issues within them. RED is therefore useful in several directions, whether macro or micro.
Analysis of the role and engagement of universities with regard to participation in the framework programmes
analysis of the participation of universities in the context of the framework programmes of research and technological development (FP4-FP7) in terms of motivation, partnerships created and scientific output. The analysis also investigates reasons for rejection and paths of non-successful proposals. A mix of methods is used, including: statistical analysis of combined databases, social network analysis, case studies and interviews. The study aims at providing an input to the ex post evaluation of the 7th Framework Programme
Technology assessment of the regional innovation network in Emilia-Romagna, II PHASE
Comparative assessment of the technological and economic results of the industrial research laboratories financed by the regional research programme; evaluation of their capacity to carry out industrial research activities and technology transfer to local enterprises; analysis of the sustainability of each laboratory; assessment of the technological potential and of the competitive positioning of the laboratories at the European level; identification of key constraints for the competitiveness of the laboratories and formulation of recommendations for overcoming obstacles; assistance to the Region in the definition of research support measure in relation to the ERDF Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020.
Technical assistance to design support schemes for business RTD aiming at developing a “sustainable industry”
ISMERI provided technical assistance to support designing a national call for tenders for business research and innovation projects. The focus was on “sustainable industry” and, in line with EU2020, the financed projects should aim at promoting an intelligent, sustainable and inclusive growth. We used our data on FP7 participation to identify the most important key technologies which are relevant for the agreed definition of “sustainable industry”, and to estimate the potential demand for the business sector. Based on this information, some focus groups involving sectorial experts, policy makers and firms were organised to discuss and shortlist the most promising investment priorities. Differently from the past and similar support initiatives, the policy maker started from a knowledge base of key technology fields and catalysed the stakeholders’ discussion on those.
Evaluation of the impacts of the measures for human capital development on business innovation capacity
The project, implemented on the basis of the National Operative Programme (NOP) Industry and the NOP Research 2000-2006, in Convergence regions includes qualitative and quantitative analysis, questionnaire design and an online survey of the beneficiary firms. The analysis is based organizing and carrying out field work and direct interviews of 600 enterprises, case studies and focus groups.
Technology assessment of the regional innovation network in Emilia-Romagna
The Technology Assessment project consists in: mapping the regional innovation system with a special focus on the high-tech network of labs and the associated actors (firms and university depts.); carrying out a benchmarking of the network in relation to European best practices, which aims at assessing the appropriateness of the technological roadmaps followed by the regional actors; identifying strategic and operational directions to support the improvement of the organisational arrangements which characterise the functioning of the network. The regional mapping and benchmarking requires extensive methodological work, in particular monitoring and evaluation tools as well as the preparation of analytical templates for the analysis and benchmarking of technology platforms. The analysis carried out also entails elements of quality control and consistency of reporting across sectors. As part of the analytical work, databases of key performance indicators are set up and managed. The final task of the project (action plan) requires developing guidance material since the team supports the region in preparing a plan for the future development of the network. All the above activities require a capacity to ensure backstopping in short notice to the Client.
EU-Latin America cooperation on Regional Innovation Systems in the framework of EU Regional Policy
The project consists in the design and provision of training and tutoring services to support preparation and implementation of regional strategy of innovation and to support the development of services for the inclusion of SMEs in the innovation system. The cooperation involves the EC, Emilia-Romagna region (Italy), Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany), and two regions where the EC provides external assistance: the State of St. Catarina (Brazil) and the Province of Cordoba (Argentina). The project’s activities include: a series of workshops in LA, study visits in Europe and tutoring in both Argentina and Brazil. The preparation and delivery of the training requires a methodological work which includes also a specific module on policy monitoring and evaluation. The projects final outputs include a set of guidelines/manuals on how to prepare and implement a regional strategy of innovation as well as guidelines for managing innovative services for SMEs. This includes elements of quality assurance as well.
Regional Innovation Monitor (I – II Phase)
The Regional Innovation Monitor (RIM) aims to become a reference EU framework, supporting national, regional and local administration policy-makers, regional administrators, innovation programme managers, other innovation actors and researchers in the EU in the development of more efficient regional innovation strategies. The project consists of collecting quali-quantitative information on the RTDI performance of European regions, analysing and publishing it on a Commission Web repository. The first phase entailed the production of: baseline regional profiles across the EU27, regional policy papers concerning innovation performance and challenges, governance, regional policy mix.
Analisi dei sistemi regionali di innovazione in America Latina: lezioni di policy
Analisi del sistema innovativo in 2 regioni dell’America Latina e individuazione dei potenziali spazi di cooperazione in tema di politiche per la RSTI con l’UE. Dopo aver selezionato due regioni del Sud America (lo Stato di S. Caterina e la Provincia di Cordoba), è stato messo a punto un questionario dettagliato per analizzare il funzionamento e la performance del sistema e degli attori. Successivamente sono state realizzate delle interviste con gli stakeholder principali del sistema al fine di raccogliere key performance indicator e individuare le direttive per la cooperazione.
Valutazione strategica delle politiche per l’innovazione co-finanziate dai Fondi Strutturali nell’UE27, nella prospettiva del periodo 2007-2013
La valutazione strategica è stata realizzata con l’obiettivo di fornire alla DG Regio indicazioni di policy e raccomandazioni sul futuro dei Fondi Strutturali destinati alla ricerca ed all’innovazione. Nell’ambito del progetto, sono state analizzate le politiche regionali per la ricerca e l’innovazione implementate nel periodo 2000-2006 nell’UE 25+2. Sulla base dei risultati di tale analisi e di un assessment delle prospettive tecnologiche dei settori di attività più rilevanti per l’economia europea, il gruppo di studio ha formulato indicazioni di policy strategiche ed operative da adottare nel periodo 2007-2013.
Completamento dell’indagine sui risultati e primi impatti delle misure di sostegno alla ricerca industriale dell’Asse I del PON Ricerca 2000-06
Analisi dell’efficacia e dell’efficienza dei progetti di Ricerca industriale e sviluppo pre-competitivo finanziati nell’ambito dell’Asse I del PON Ricerca 2000-06. L’analisi ha riguardato i risultati dei progetti (tipologia di innovazione) e i relativi impatti sulla competitività dei beneficiari in termini di collaborazioni, attività brevettuale ecc.
Valutazione intermedia del PON Ricerca 2000-2006
Valutazione dell’efficacia ed efficienza delle misure finanziate nell’ambito del PON Ricerca 2000-2006. Queste includono gli schemi di aiuto per la ricerca industriale, le infrastrutture di ricerca e le iniziative a favore del capitale umano. Circa 300 progetti di ricerca industriale sono stati analizzati in dettaglio e valutati anche rispetto al livello tecnologico delle attività svolte.
Valutazione intermedia del Programma Operativo “Ricerca, Sviluppo Tecnologico e Alta Formazione” 1994/99 delle Regioni italiane dell’Obiettivo 1
Valutazione in-itinere dei risultati conseguiti dal PON e sostegno alle decisioni. Analisi delle realizzazioni e degli impatti sulla domanda e sull’offerta di R&S sulle attività di trasferimento tecnologico nelle regioni Obiettivo 1.
RED fornisce un servizio di intelligence tecnologica basato su una banca dati che sistematizza tutte le informazioni rilevanti contenute nei progetti di ricerca applicata finanziati dal Settimo Programma Quadro Europeo per la Ricerca e lo Sviluppo Tecnologico (7°PQ). RED è il risultato di una analisi di oltre 6.000 progetti finanziati classificati secondo una tassonomia collaudata su 9 aree applicative declinate in aree scientifiche e tecnologie chiave, che copre la totalità dell’intervento del 7FP in materia di scienza e tecnologia.
RED è stato concepito per assistere i decisori alla definizione di politiche ed interventi nazionali e regionali da formulare in conformità alle strategie del programma Horizon 2020 e alla Smart Specialisation; fornisce dati fondamentali per la definizione su scala di singole tecnologie e loro applicazioni di politiche ed interventi; fornisce ulteriori informazioni di natura spaziale sulla localizzazione geografica (NUTS 1 e NUTS 2) dei soggetti finanziati (imprese, università, centri di ricerca), la tipologia dell’investimento e le risorse finanziarie nei sette anni del programma (2007-2013). Dati che sono anche utili alle imprese ed alle Università e Centri di ricerca europei che volessero fare analisi di benchmarking o trovare partner e best performer su specifiche aree scientifiche o tecnologie chiave.
Tutto ciò rende RED uno strumento di ricerca innovativo, sistematicamente aggiornato, applicabile a ogni altro set di interventi di RTDI regionali, nazionali e comunitari non disponibile sul mercato. RED fornisce utili informazioni e conoscenze fondamentali per ricercatori e funzionari pubblici per le loro attività di analisi, programmazione e valutazione delle politiche di ricerca e innovazione. In aggiunta ad analisi macro, RED offre micro dati ad un livello sufficientemente dettagliato per fare analisi (di scenario, benchmarking, etc.) a livello di singole tecnologie, ed al loro interno di tematiche chiave. RED è quindi utilizzabile in molteplici direzioni e sia su scala macro che micro.
Globalization, the rise of inequality, immigration and an aging population are posing ever greater challenges to employment policies and social inclusion. Intervention tools must be continuously and rapidly adapted to new needs and changing social conditions. Social innovation, benchmarking between experiences and different countries, and building social services from the bottom up are increasingly necessary elements when designing welfare reforms.
For over twenty years, Ismeri Europa has been involved in:
Pares (“Partnership between employment services”) project management support services
The “Benchmarking of employment services’ contribution to the implementation of the Youth Guarantee”, financed within PARES (Partnership between Employment Services), was implemented by the Italian Ministry of Labour in cooperation with the national Authorities in charge of managing the Youth Guarantee scheme in France and in Hungary as well as the similar scheme in Serbia. Ismeri Europa supported the Ministry of labour with technical assistance to the methodological issues, data collection, benchmarking analysis and drafting reports. In particular IE drafted the methodological guidelines, the inception report and the final report of the study.
Assessment and review of the italian “piani di rafforzamento amministrativo”
The main purpose of the present contract is to assist DG EMPL in assessing and reviewing the Italian Administrative Reinforcement Plans (ARPs) related to the implementation of ESF Operational Programmes. The study provides technical support to DG EMPL on the assessment of the ARP of the Italian Ministry of Labour whose approval is still pending in order to ensure that it reaches an adequate level. In addition to this, DG EMPL will be supported in preparing meetings with the Italian Authorities. Ismeri will provide 2 short reports, one based on a comparative analysis of the ESF role in the Italian ARPs, and a final report which will focus on analyzing the coherence between the ARPs and the actions funded under TO11 and Technical Assistance in the Italian OPs.
Support and evaluation of the Action 3 “Countering the school drop-out” of the Action and Cohesion Plan (PAC)
Evaluation of the Action 3, envisaged within the Action and Cohesion plan (PAC) and aimed at reducing the educational failure and the school drop-out in the regions of the Convergence Objective. Action 3 aims at developing models of educational and training actions from the pre-schooling period and the first cycle until the entry into the labour market, in areas characterized by a high school drop-out and by social and cultural exclusion. The project develops a transversal analysis of the interventions, an assessment of their effectiveness and develops a model of these interventions likely to be replicated during the next programming period.
Ex ante evaluation of the National Operational Programme “Inclusion” ESF relating to the programming period 2014 – 2020
Ex ante evaluation of the Operational Programme National Inclusion ESF relating to the programming period 2014 – 2020; The main activities were: analysis of internal and external coherence of the program, analysis of the logical framework, development of program indicators and targets intermediate and final analysis of the adequacy of the organizational and the measures envisaged to reduce the administrative workload.
Ex-post evaluation of ESF investments in human capital in Italy in the 2007-2013 programming period.
The evaluation focuses on the interventions aimed at improving the educational and training system, promoting the access to the labour market and supporting the professional training of workers and unemployed people. Five ESF OPs are analyzed in depth: the National OP “Competence for Development”, the Apulia ROP and Sicily ROP for the Convergence area, the Tuscany ROP and the Piedmont ROP for the Competitiveness area.
Technical Assistance to the Social and Economic Parts
Technical assistance aimed at promoting the ability of economic and social partners to interact with the authorities responsible for the Regional Operational Programme ESF Basilicata. The project has defined the procedures for consultation between stakeholders and supports the partnership relations through the implementation of preparatory documents, handbook on the functioning of Cohesion policy and the management of the ESF, and meetings.
Impact Assessment concerning the possible revision of the legislative framework on the posting of workers in the context of the provision of services
The project aims at assessing the impact of six policy options identified by the EC to modify the current regulatory setting of posting at the European Union level. The study of the literature was carried out on both a set of national case studies and statistical and econometric analyses, and allowed to identify the extent of posting, its main features and drivers, the main economic, social and legal problems related to the phenomenon and then outline the objectives and scope of the desirable revisions.
All this process required an extensive methodological work, as well as the application of advanced monitoring and ex-ante evaluation techniques. The assessment also investigated the new obligations on information related to each of the six policy options and estimated the related administrative costs. A comparison among the suggested policy options, both in terms of effectiveness and administrative costs borne by the different stakeholders, was possible thanks to the several analyses carried out. A synthesis and analysis of the complex results, of quality control and of the consistency of reporting were the key tasks of this project.
Independent evaluation of projects implemented by the ESF NOP 2007-2013”
The ESF NOP 2007-2013 supports systems and structures of the labour market and is managed by the Italian Ministry for Labour and Social policies. As part of the on-going multiannual programme evaluation, Ismeri carries out: an analysis of the efficiency of the management systems, an analysis of national reforms and their implication for the NOP’s strategy, an assessment of the results of interventions and their effects on the functioning of systems and structures; finally, the evaluation team identifies best practices among the carried out initiatives. Three thematic evaluations (immigrants, young people, institutional capacity) and two annual reports have been completed so far. The project activities require applying monitoring/evaluation methodologies, synthesis and analysis of results of the field research and surveys used to collect data and information, as well as elements of quality control and consistency of reporting to ensure that research outputs meet the required standards. As for institutional capacity, a second thematic evaluation is being carried and its aim is to identify lessons to improve the governance in 2014-2020 period.
Establishment of a European Job Mobility Partnership
The project has established an EU network of academics and practitioners on workers’ professional and geographical mobility to analyse new patterns of mobility and corresponding national policy developments in the context of the EES and post 2010. The network provides scientific background and support in the field of mobility and provides support to mobilising stakeholders by organising national and thematic workshops and an annual conference. A strong methodological work and the application of monitoring/evaluation methodologies are key project activities, especially in relation to the preparation of thematic reports. Synthesis and analysis of results of the work carried out by experts (case studies, annual reports etc.), quality control and consistency of reporting across the EU are also key elements of the assignment.
Independent evaluation of the 2007–13 ESF OP of Lombardy Region
The Lombardy ESF ROP mid-term evaluation aims at identifying the results and impacts of the programme and hence at verifying its effectiveness and the efficiency. The evaluation has required a relevant methodological work, including synthesis and analysis of results and the design and application of advanced evaluation methodologies. Desk analysis of administrative documentation, definition of questionnaires, surveys to people and counterfactual evaluation of impact of Dowry (training voucher) have been carried out. The employment and empowerment impacts of an individual voucher, which finances a mix of training and other employment services, was assessed through a counterfactual econometric analysis. An integrated database, building on administrative data and data from a specific survey, has been used in the econometric exercise. The evaluation also requires quality assurance and control of the coherence of reports prepared by the partners.
Evaluation CIP EQUAL 2000/2006
The principal aim of the evaluation was the financial progress and management of the programme; the results and initial impact, within the four axes of the program (adaptability, employability, entrepreneurship, equal opportunity), the soundness of the rationale underpinning the programme, partnership, active participation and gender “mainstreaming” were analysed in depth. In comparison to traditional structural funds evaluations, innovative instruments (evaluation conference, cognitive tools and participative approaches) were used.
Monitoraggio del Piano d’Azione Regionale per l’Occupazione
Progettazione e realizzazione di un sistema di monitoraggio del PARO (Piano d’Azione Regionale per l’Occupazione) della regione Emilia Romagna sufficientemente flessibile e migliorabile nel tempo. Il progetto si articolava in tre macrofasi: 1) Messa a punto dell’impianto metodologico di rilevazione e raccolta delle informazioni 2) Realizzazione delle rilevazioni 3) Azioni di diffusione e formazione
We are increasingly obliged to deal with issues related to the environment and energy in order to guarantee environmentally sustainable development; in this vision of growth, which combines available resources with total respect for nature, interdisciplinary and transnational skills and knowledge take on fundamental importance. Not only do these allow us to face structurally complex problems involving technological aspects more adequately, but social, economic and environmental dynamics as well.
With this goal in mind and with twenty years’ experience of analysis and evaluation in Structural Funds and policies for development focusing on policy environment, energy and climate change, Ismeri Europa aims to play an active role by using its highly integrated skills and multidisciplinary knowledge.
Evaluation of Regional public policies for the valorisation of Protected Areas and the Protection of soil – Activities II.3 (Prevention and management of Hydrogeological Risk) and II.4 (Valorisation of Touristic Facilities in Protected Areas) of Lazio EFRD Operational Programme 2007 – 2013
Ex ante Evaluation and Strategic Environmental Assessment of the OP European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 2014 – 2020
The Ex ante Evaluation of the OP EMFF assesses the completeness of the analysis, the internal consistency of the OP, the selected thematic objectives, the priorities, and the relevance of the OP indicators. The Strategic Environmental Assessment defines the possible environmental impacts of the OP on the marine and terrestrial ecosystems affected by fishery and aquaculture activities. Special attention is paid for the potential negative impacts on the Nature 2000 Network, on the marine protected areas and on the wetlands. For these categories, is devoted a “Study of environmental incidence“, that is an integral part of the Environmental Report. In addition, is analyzed the integration inside the OP of biodiversity and climate change’s themes.
Mainstreaming Climate Change into CSF-Funds 2014-2020
Mitigation and adaptation to climate change are on top of the UE agenda and Member States are asked to contribute to the Climate Action by developing their policies accordingly. Ismeri Europa is in charge of evaluating if and how climate relevant strategies are integrated among all Italian national and regional 2014-2020 ESIF programmes (ESF, ERDF, EAFRD and EMFF); the task is part of an European wide project commissioned by DG Clima and involving all Member States, in order to support the adoption process of all operational programmes for the 2014-2020 programming period.
Evaluation of regional policies on energy and climate change
The evaluation focuses on identifying the regional demand and production of energy, highlighting the successful practices and the limits of the regional policies implemented the last decade. The work aimed at providing useful advices for the recent regional energy strategic plan and for the 2014-2020 programming period. The evaluation was supported by specific analysis enabling the comparison of Friuli Venezia Giulia’s performances with bordering areas, in order to identify and understand different strategic choices and consequent results. Furthermore a survey of the regional renewable energy businesses has been included which allowed i.a. the definition of the main burdens and potentialities for its development.
Valutazione ambientale strategica del Programma Attuativo FAS Nazionale Ricerca e Competitività Mezzogiorno e Centro Nord
Valutazione dei possibili impatti ambientali del PAN nella nuova programmazione, Ismeri ha proposto gli eventuali correttivi per la fase di attuazione.
Valutazione Ambientale Strategica del Programma Operativo nazionale Ricerca e Competitività” 2007-2013
La VAS ha avuto la finalità di garantire che le conseguenze ambientali del PON siano considerate sin dalle prime fasi del processo decisionale. Il PON Ricerca e Competitività 2007-13 comprende una serie di attività, dal sostegno agli investimenti produttivi alla creazione di infrastrutture di ricerca, che potenzialmente sono in grado di produrre effetti significativi sull’ambiente. Nello specifico caso la VAS ha assunto un ruolo di primo piano nel creare le condizioni adeguate per l’attuazione delle linee di intervento.
The services that ISMERI EUROPA provides combine research and consulting and at the same time make in-depth knowledge and suggestions for action available to its customers. This distinguishes ISMERI EUROPA from other PA Assistance companies and makes ISMERI EUROPA a leading name in a number of national and international markets
Ismeri Europa offers mainly the following services:
To provide these services, ISMERI EUROPA uses highly qualified staff and a network of international advisers. It also uses a wide range of methods and advanced techniques including:
ISMERI EUROPA also has exclusive ownership of several powerful high added value analysis tools including:
Amministratore unico e direttore
Dirigente area sviluppo regionale
Senior policy analyst
Senior policy analyst
Senior policy analyst
Senior policy consultant
Segreteria di direzione e responsabile qualità
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Ismeri Europa’s registered office and headquarters are Rome but it carries out its activities throughout Italy, in Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The expertise of the staff and its consultants allows it to directly cover many areas of specialization and expertise to ensure a high profile at all times and for all service typologies.