Ismeri Europa

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 is involved in:

  • planning, preparation and elaboration of development strategies, as well as the preparation of programmes;
  • management of programmes, by supporting the relevant authorities and administrative bodies at all stages, from project selection to the final report;
  • evaluation of programmes and policies, helping governments to improve their performance;
  • technical assistance for capacity building.


1° Giugno 2018

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27 Febbraio 2018

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25 Gennaio 2018

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Novembre 2017

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27 settembre 2017

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1 Settembre 2017

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Seminario VII PQ, 20-23 Giugno 2017

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Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, 22 giugno 2017

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13 dicembre 2016

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22 novembre 2016

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7 novembre 2016

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14 Ottobre 2016

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12 Ottobre 2016

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20 Settembre 2016

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9 Settembre 2016

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1 Settembre 2016

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2 Agosto 2016

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2 Agosto 2016

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21 – 25 Giugno 2016

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Marzo 2016

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27 Gennaio 2016

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2 dicembre 2015

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23 novembre 2015

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3 Agosto 2015

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Agosto 2015

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4 Aprile 2015

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31 Luglio 2014

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About us

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:

  • European Commission (Dg Regio, Dg Employment, Dg Research, Dg Enterprise, Dg Clima);
  • Italian Ministries, Regions and Provinces;
  • Inter American Development Bank, World Bank.

Ismeri Europa is a UNI EN ISO 9001: 2008 certified Company.

Regional development and capacity building

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:

  • design and coordinate complex assessments of programmes and projects;
  • develop statistical, econometric analyses, focus groups, quality assessment systems and data management;
  • develop original methodologies and provide specific consultancy in a number of different fields (cohesion policies, industrial policies, employment policies and social, technological innovation, environmental policies).

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.

(2018 – on going) EC/DG Regio

Support to public consultation on cohesion policy

The purpose of this assignment is to analyse the replies received in the public consultation on Cohesion Policy, in line with the procedures described in the Better Regulation Guidelines and Toolbox. Statistical and specialised data analysis software are used for the analysis. The results of the study will be used for preparation of post-2020 cohesion policy programmes and their impact assessment.

(2018 – on going) – Italian Cultural Heritage Ministry and Umbria Region

Drafting of the AIPs (Administrative Improvement Plans)

Ismeri is drafting the Administrative Improvement Plans (AIP), required in a second phase of the Italian policy for capacity building of institutions in charge of operational programmes co-financed by ESI Funds. Ismeri supports the Ministry and Umbria Region in identifying critical issues which may affect the management of the operational programmes and the control systems. Furthermore, Ismeri supports the concerned institutions in identifying significant and measurable administrative improvement objectives and in defining interventions, necessary to achieve such objectives.

(2017 – on going) – European Parliament

Externalities of cohesion policy

The main objective of this study is to analyse externalities, including spillover economic effects, of cohesion expenditure that occur beyond the borders of the beneficiary Member State (in a neighbouring and/or other Member States) and/or involves parties from another Member State.

(2017) – European Parliament

European Cohesion Policy relative to Regional Development policies in other parts of the World

The main objective of this study is to compare the main features of the EU’s Cohesion Policy with similar policies in other parts of the world . The review is focused on two important emerging countries, China and Brazil, as well as on two international organizations, ASEAN and MERCOSUR. The study is also aimed at providing recommendations to feed the political debate around the future of the EU Cohesion Policy after 2020.



(2016 – on going) – Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

Unitary evaluation of programmes co-financed by EU Funds in the 2014-2020 programming period – Lot 1 – Unitary evaluation of the EARDF – ERDF and ESF

The evaluation service provides general reports on the implementation progress and the results of the programmes, as well as thematic reports on internal areas, environmental sustainability, enteprise creation and administrative capacity. The approach adopted features a mix of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The evaluation service is aimed at assessing the process of implemenation of the interventions and, afterwards, the socio-economic effects of the measures implemented within the programmes.

(2015 – 2017) EC/Dg Employment

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.


Evaluation Helpdesk

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.

(2015) EC/Dg Regio

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.

(2014 – 2015) EC/DG REGIO

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 assembled 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 interacted 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 has been used in further studies while the results of the exercise have been published in the form of maps

(2014 – 2016) EC/Dg Regio

Technical support to analyze the actions to improve the Italian capacity in managing and implementing ERDF proposed in the operational programs (2013-2020)


Ismeri supported the definition  of the  “Administrative Improvement Plans” (AIP); approved the final plan and assisted the administrations during the first stage of implementation of the AIPs in order to enhance the administrative capacity of Italian ERDF and EFS management . Ismeri provided DG Regio technical support and advice for the approval and monitoring of  the 28  AIP. The AIP model of intervention  consist of a set of improving actions and targets to simplify and make more efficient and less costly  the  delivery mechanisms by intervening on the legislation, procedures, personnel organization and common instrument.

(2014 – 2016) EC/Dg Regio

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 evaluation summarized the work packages of the ‘ex post’ evaluation of the ERDF and CF in the 2007–2013 programming period, support Commission services in the organisation, coordination and quality assurance of all the work packages of the ‘ex post’ evaluation and carry out additional analysis. Economic data for 28 countries and for NUTS2 regions were analysed. Financial data were analysed in terms of decided amounts, paid amounts and de-commitments. Core indicators were analysed as well.

(2014) Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage

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.

(2013 – 2016) Tuscany Region

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).

(2010 – 2012) Presidency of Italian Council of Ministers

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.

(2009 – 2014) EC/Dg Regio

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

(2008 – 2009) EC/Dg Regio

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.

(2008 – 2009) EC/Dg Regio

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.

(2007 – 2010) EC/Dg Regio

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.

(2005 – 2008) Italian Finance and Economy Ministry

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.

(2006 – 2007) Abruzzo Region

Ex-Ante Evaluation of the Abruzzi ERDF 2007-2013 Operative Programme

This evaluation assists the process of regional programming, in an effort to increase programme coherence and effectiveness. Various methodologies are used: desk analysis, interviews, participation at events and assistance to the regional Nucleus of evaluation

(2002 – 2006) Italian Economic Development Ministry

Interim evaluation of the National Operative Programme (NOP) Industry and Local Entrepreneurial Development 2000-2006

Evaluation and analysis of the implementation  of  the National Operational Programme’s results and impact; utilisation of the  system of indicators provided by the EC Support Framework and the operational Programme;  collection and utilisation of qualitative and  quantitative data in order to describe how objectives were achieved  and to highlight success factors and/or obstacles encountered.

Research and technological innovation

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:

  • evaluation of research programmes and projects, innovation and technology transfer;
  • analysis of research and innovation of territorial systems scenario analysis, foresight and benchmarking;
  • strategic advisory services to public and private entities required to decide and manage high tech activities.

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.

(2017 – on going) Tuscany Region

Mid-term review of the regional S3


Ismeri Europa supports the Tuscany Region in the process of reviewing its Smart Specialization Strategy (S3). The work will synthesize and integrate the updated roadmaps as proposed by the Technological Districts and by the regional offices in charge of establishing and implementing the regional industry 4.0 strategy.  This activity allows (through Ismeri’s RED database) the comparison of the proposed roadmaps with the European research scenario developed under the Horizon 2020 programme. Ismeri Europa will then carry out benchmarking analyses at EU level to assess the competitive advantage in the research areas supported by the S3 of the Tuscany region and its main R&D assets and therefore to validate the proposed updates.

(2017 – on going) – EC/Dg Regio

EU-CELAC Cooperation on Territorial Cohesion – EU-Argentina Regional Policy Cooperation on Multi-Level Governance Systems

Technical assistance and support to the Ministry of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina and the Ministries concerned, for the design and implementation of regional policies, for which European Union experience is regarded as of high importance. The specific project objectives are:

–  Assistance in the overall design of the federal system of territorial development, focusing on the process of interaction of the three tiers of government, as well as civil society; Assistance in the development of the principles, standards and the specific regulations for the planning, management and measurement of the impact of productive development projects in provinces and municipalities;  Assistance in the design of capacity building programmes (training of trainers) for national, provincial and local actors, public and private, involved in the processes of planning and management of territorial development programmes;  Assistance in the launch of two territorial development pilot projects in two Argentinian Provinces.


(2016) – Tuscany Region

Monitoring the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) of Tuscany Region

The objective of the work was to provide an up to date measure of the implementation of the S3 strategy (years 2014 and 2015) and offer an in depth analysis of the technology trends and of the coherence with the strategy, emerging from the projects financed under the S3. The activities carried out by Ismeri Europa involved the measuring of the indicators indicated in the strategy and the analysis of the monitoring data of the regional programmes (especially regarding the  ERDF operational programme) in order to measure the implementation of the S3 accordingly with the priority areas and roadmaps of the strategy. Furthermore Ismeri Europa has provided an analysis of the technology level (through RED methodology)   of the regional R&D projects financed under the S3 and those developed within the European research scenario of Horizon 2020 in order to identify specific research trends and suggest possible adjustments of the strategy.

(2014 – 2015) EC/Dg Research

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

(2014 – 2015) Emilia Romagna Region

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.

(2013 – 2014) Italian Ministry of Economic Development

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.

(2012 – 2013) Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

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.

(2010 – 2013) Emilia Romagna Region

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.

(2011 – 2013) EC/Dg Regio

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.

(2010 – 2014) EC/Dg Enterprise

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.

(2009 – 2011) EC/Dg Regio

Regional innovation systems in Latin America

The project consisted in selecting two South American regions on the basis of the research and innovation features, analysing their innovation systems and set the basis for establishing research cooperation initiatives with European regions. The team designed and applied a methodology for analysing in detail the functioning and performance of the systems. Two case studies were drafted on the State of St. Catarina (Brazil) and on the Province of Cordoba (Argentina). The analysis provided an detailed mapping of the regional innovation actors (businesses and research centres, firms and clusters, public knowledge and technology intermediaries, national and regional policy makers etc.), their local and international linkages. Desk research and interviews with key stakeholders were carried out to collect data and key performance indicators of the functioning of the systems and identify directions for future cooperation with the EU.

(2007-2008) – Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

Ex-ante evaluation of the 2007-13 Convergence objective NOP “Research and Competitiveness Ministry of Education Universities and Research

The study assesses the completeness of the context analysis , the internal and external strategic coherence and estimates the impact of the programme. The programme amounts to 3600 million Euros and is devoted to supporting industrial research, excellence training, infrastructures and equipment to carry out frontier research.

(2005 – 2006) EC/Dg Regio

Strategic evaluation on innovation and the knowledge based economy, in relation to the structural and cohesion funds 2007-13

The project involved the drafting of 27 national reports (EU25 + Bulgaria and Romania) and the preparation of a EU27 synthesis report concerning: innovation potential in Europe; national and regional RTDI policy trends; the impact of Community support on knowledge and innovation policy across European regions; the promotion of good practices in innovation policy. The main goal of the study was to provide a set of strategic and operational recommendations to be used by DG Regional Policy geographical units in preparing the negotiations with the Member States for the period 2007-2013 and to prepare the next operational programmes.

(2006 – 2007) Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

Impact assessment of the industrial research projects co-financed by NOP Research 2000-2006

This assignment follows the mid-term evaluation of the NOP Research and aims at shedding light on the actual impacts that the aid schemes for industrial research are likely to have produced some years after the projects’ conclusion. Data have been collected by means of an online questionnaire and analysed statistically. The focus was on creation of stable relationships with other firms and research centres, patenting, types of innovation and marketability of  technical solutions, assessment of the actual profitability or cost effectiveness of the projects, considering the amount of public resources spent. Final recommendations focused on how to improve future added value of intervention.

(2002 – 2005) – Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

Mid-term evaluation of the “NOP Research” 2000-06

The objective of this project was the evaluation of the programme and the development of recommendations on possible modifications and adjustments. This project included the evaluation of almost 1000 projects (3.200 Meuro) of excellence training and industrial research in high tech applications. This activity required the assessment of specialized training carried out by universities in specific scientific areas and of its coherence with the particular needs of firms. This, in turn, involved field research of almost 300 projects of industrial research to analyze their impact on firms’ competitiveness. A set of 30 quantitative performance indicators was collected and analyzed to highlight the impact of the project at different levels: human resources, field patents, type of innovation (product or process), impact of the market position of the firms etc.

(1997 – 2000) Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

Mid-term evaluation of the “NOP Research” 1994-99

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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.


Training, labour and social policies

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:

    • analysing the employment market at European, national and regional levels;
    • evaluating employment , training, education, legality and social inclusion policies;
    • assisting in the implementation of employment and social policies;
    • offering specialized services for employability and job creation.
        Ismeri Europa frequently undertakes assessments for the European Commission on the effects of interventions supported by the European Social Fund or comparative studies of active employment policies in the different member states. Ismeri Europa has conducted various studies and assessments for the Directorate General for Employment, including the ex-post ESF actions system 2000-2006, and human capital in Italy 2007-2013; Ismeri Europa has also advised and assisted the EC on the European network of PES (European Mobility Lab), performing research into the activities of these services throughout Europe.
      Ismeri Europa has collaborated with several Ministries and regional and local Italian Administrations to improve employment and social integration policies; it has recently conducted assessments in Lombardy and the Ministry of Employment on ESF programmes, for example.

(2018 – on going) EC/Dg Employment

Feasibility and pilot study on the sustainability and effectiveness of results for ESF participants using counterfactual impact evaluation (CIE)

The objective of this contract is twofold: First, to assess the feasibility of CIE as an advantageous evaluation method of ESF interventions, used at EU level, relying on data collected at national level. It is to learn about the potential of the available data and judge whether CIE could be used more, to identify obstacles and propose ways to overcome them, notably as regards access to data registers, and explore how CIE could be used directly by the Commission to reach solid conclusions about the ESF effectiveness and sustainability of results. And it is to assess if some benchmarking can be made at all for similar operations, at least within the same country. Second, based on the previous analysis, the aim is to carry out a pilot exercise in a limited number of Member States on the sustainability and effectiveness of 2014-2020 ESF spending for participants. It is to assess by means of CIE whether the ESF has a lasting impact and the extent to which observed outcomes can be considered an effect of the ESF programme.

(2017 – on going) EC/Dg Employment

Multiple framework contracts for the provision of services related to the implementation of Better Regulation Guidelines

Framework contract to assist the Commission in implementing the Better Regulation Guidelines by carrying out studies in the field of employment, social affairs, labour mobility and skills with the purpose of supporting:

(1) impact assessment for the design and preparation of policies, programmes and legislation;

(2) evaluation to assess their effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and the added value.

(3) monitoring their implementation

(2016 – on going) Basilicata Region

Technical Assistance to the Social and Economic Parts

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(2016) Italian Ministry of Labour

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.

(2015 – 2016) EC/Dg Employment

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.

(2015) Regione Basilicata

Ripetizione di servizi analoghi al “Servizio di supporto tecnico-organizzativo alle parti economiche e sociali chiamate a partecipare alla preparazione, attuazione, sorveglianza e valutazione del PO FSE Basilicata 2007-2013

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(2014 – 2016) Italian Ministry of Universities and Research

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.

(2014) – Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

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.

(2014 – 2015) EC/Dg Employment

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.

(2013 – 2015) Basilicata Region

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.

(2011-2012) EC/Dg Employment

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.

(2010 – 2015) Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy

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.

(2009 – 2014) EC/Dg Employment

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.

(2009 – 2012) Lombardy Region

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.

(2002 – 2007) Italian Ministry of Labour

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.

(2002 – 2004) Emilia Romagna Region

Monitoring the Regional Action Plan for Employment

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

Environment and energy

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.

(2014 – 2015) Lazio Region

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

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(2014 – 2015) Italian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Ex ante Evaluation and Strategic Environmental Assessment of the OP European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) 2014 – 2020


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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.

(2014 – 2016) Dg Clima

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.

(2013 – 2014) Friuli Venezia Giulia Region

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.

(2008 – 2009) Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca

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.

(2007 – 2008) Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca

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.

Regional development and capacity building
Research and technological innovation
Training, labour and social policies
Environment and energy


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:

  • Evaluation of public policies, economic and social development programs and projects;
  • Scenario analysis, foresight and benchmarking in macro and microeconomic areas;
  • Studies, research and thematic analysis in the areas of regional policy, research and technology, labour and social inclusion, local development, cultural and environmental Heritage;
  • Strategic advice to the Public Administration in the planning and implementation of public policies and programs co-financed by the Structural Funds;
  • Capacity building for strengthening public administration;
  • Local promotion and support to local development;

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:

  • Statistical and econometric analyses;
  • Counterfactual impact analysis with econometric and theory based approaches;
  • Desk research and analysis (analysis of literature, meta-evaluations, analyzes regulations);
  • Impact assessment of new rules under national and European methods;
  • Analysis of the efficiency of the procedural and management systems of public policies;
  • Public opinion surveys and data collection with the assistance of technical CATI and CAWI;
  • Collection of information on key players (interviews, focus groups, conference research and evaluation);
  • Case studies and methods of identification and transfer of good practices;
  • Systems of quality assessment and management information systems database;

ISMERI EUROPA also has exclusive ownership of several powerful high added value analysis tools including:

  • CAM econometric model of the world economy for the analysis of macroeconomic scenarios and policies in Europe and at the global level;
  • RED database with the technological classification of projects of the VII Framework program for analysis and territorial and sectoral benchmarking.

Enrico Wolleb

Amministratore unico e direttore

Andrea Naldini

Dirigente area sviluppo regionale

Marco Pompili

Senior policy analyst

Carlo Miccadei

Senior policy analyst

Andrea Ciffolilli

Senior policy analyst

Luca Rossi

Policy analyst

Lucia Fiorillo

Policy analyst

Stefano Condello

Policy analyst

Marilina Armento

Responsabile amministrazione

Cristina Paffetti

Segreteria di direzione e responsabile qualità

Patrizia Volterra

Responsabile ufficio gare

Enrico Wolleb

Director of Ismeri Europa. He has undertaken research on international and European policy issues, focusing on RTDI, structural and cohesion initiatives for more than 30 years. He has worked as a research fellow at the University of Cambridge and as an associate professor at the University of Paris 13 and more recently at the University of Hangzhou (China).He has co-ordinated a large number of evaluations of programmes and interventions funded by the EU. He contributed to the project on “methods for the analysis of regional innovation systems”, undertaken in France with Commission support and he recently directed a study on “Regional Innovation Systems in Latin America”, drawing out the policy lessons. He coordinated the technology assessment of the regional high tech network for Emilia Romagna as well as a technical assistance service at the Ministry of Economic Development which was aimed at identifying the most relevant technologies for developing a “sustainable industry” in Italy. Enrico is adviser to the European Commission (Dg Regio) with the task to supervise the Italian Operational Programmes (2013-2020) to evaluate their strategy and management. Currently, he is a member of the core team of Work Package 1 “Synthesis” of the ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF)

Andrea Naldini

Director of Policy Analysis and Evaluation at ISMERI and Secretary of the Italian Evaluation Association. He has carried out macroeconomic and statistical analysis on public sector, cohesion and structural policies for almost 20 years. His main fields of expertise are regional policy and public policy monitoring and evaluation. Over the last few years, he has co-ordinated more than 20 evaluations of Structural Fund interventions for the Italian Government and the European Commission and was involved in the ex post evaluation of Cohesion policy in the period 2000-2006. He was a leading member of the team which undertook the study on Distribution of Competences in relation to Regional Development Policies in EU Member States for DG Regional Policy and was part of the core team which coordinated the Expert Evaluation Network for DG Regional Policy. Adviser to the European Commission (Dg Regio) with the task to supervise the Italian Operational Programmes (2013-2020) to evaluate their strategy and management. Currently, he is a member of the core team of Work Package 1 “Synthesis” of the ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF).

Marco Pompili

Economist with a Master’s degree in local development, has extensive experience in evaluating Operational Programmes and local development policies. He has a detailed knowledge of EU regulations and has worked in a number of studies of Structural Fund programmes. At a national level he worked on the interim evaluation of the Industry National OP in the 2000-2006 period, the ex ante evaluation of the Abruzzi OP for the 2007-2013 period and the evaluation of the ESF in Lombardy in the 2007-2013 period. As part of this study he designed and carried out a counterfactual impact evaluation of training schemes. He coordinated the interim evaluation of the Tuscany OP in 2007-2013. Currently, he is carrying out the Work Package 13 – Geography of expenditure – as part of the ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013. Furthermore, he is working on Work Package 1 – Synthesis. Within the latter, he is responsible for processing and analysing all financial data on EU ERDF and CF programmes.

Carlo Miccadei

Expert in evaluation and technical assistance within European programmes. He has carried out the CIP Equal (Italy) mid term evaluation with tasks of field research, data elaboration and reporting. He has held training course on labour and social policies within Technical Assistance to Social Partners of Community Support Framework. Recently, he has carried out analysis on labour policies in Basilicata Region during the period 2000-06, he has carried out the ESF 2000-2006 ex Post Evaluation of interventions on Systems and Structures for the European Commission (Dg Employment). Currently he is coordinating the evaluation of projects implemented by the ESF NOP 2007-2013” for the Italian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy.

Andrea Ciffolilli

Doctorate in Economics from the University of Ancona and a MSc in Technology and Innovation Management from SPRU (Sussex University). He was in the core team of the Expert Evaluation Network on the performance of Cohesion policy in the 2007-2013 period. He was responsible for coordinating 13 national experts and for producing the Italian annual reports and the policy papers on innovation, financial engineering and jobs created. For DG Regional Policy, he also carried out the projects on “regional challenges in the perspective of 2020”, “growth factors in the outermost regions of the EU”, “the distribution of competences in relation to regional development policies in the Member States of the EU” and “regional innovation systems in Latin America”. At national level, he has worked on a number of ex ante, mid-term and ex post evaluations of operational programmes, with a particular focus on research and innovation initiatives, such as the network of high-tech industrial research labs in Emilia-Romagna and Innovation Poles in Tuscany. Currently, he is carrying out Work Package 13 – Geography of expenditure – as part of the ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013. Furthermore, he is coordinating the analysis of the role and engagement of universities with regard to participation in the Framework Programmes for research and technology development (DG Research and Innovation).

Luca Rossi

Expert in evaluation and analysis of research and innovation policy as well as environmental and energy policy programmes, he has worked on a number of ex-ante, mid-term and ex-post evaluations of operational programmes, in particular the “mid-term evaluation of the National Operative Programme (NOP) on “Scientific Research, Technological Development and Higher Education” for Objective 1 Regions (Italian Ministry for Education and Research) and the “Mid-term evaluation of “PIA Innovation” (Integrated aid schemes for innovation), as part of the evaluation of the National Operational Programme for Local Entrepreneurship Development (Italian Ministry for Economic Development). He participated in the “Strategic Evaluation on Innovation and the Knowledge Based Economy, in relation to the Structural and Cohesion Funds, for the programming period 2007-13” (DG REGIO) and in the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the National Programme “Research and Competitiveness” for the Allocation of the Fund for Under-utilised Areas (PAN FAS) for the Italian Ministry of University and Research and the Ministry of Economic Development. He is policy analyst in the framework of the project "Mainstreaming Climate Change into CSF-Funds 2014-2020 by dg Clima . At national level, he is coordinating the technology assessment of the high-tech network of industrial research labs financed by the Emilia-Romagna Region

Lucia Fiorillo

Lucia holds a MA in Political Science and an advanced qualification diploma in the field of quantitative and qualitative social research. In Ismeri Europa she works on public policies related to education and labour market. Lucia has been previously involved in the DG REGIO ex-post evaluation of Cohesion Policy 2007-2013. For the DG Employment, she worked on the ESF 2007-2013 ex-post evaluation on investment in human capital. At present, she is carrying out the evaluation of interventions aimed at tackle early school leaving for the Ministry of Education.

Stefano Condello

Stefano holds a MSc in Politics from SOAS (University of London) and a MA in International and Diplomatic Sciences from the University of Bologna. In Ismeri, he works on regional development and regional policies. Previously, he worked at the CBC MED Programme Managing Authority (Sardinia Region) and at the European Commission (DG DEVCO), where he worked on regional programmes for the Southern Neighbourhood (Maghreb and the Near East). Currently he is working on the ex-post evaluation of Cohesion policy programmes 2007-2013, focusing on the ERDF and CF – WP13 Geography of expenditure.

Marilina Armento

Analista contabile, Responsabile della direzione amministrazione, finanza, controllo dell'impresa.Svolge attività di rendicontazione dei progetti, coordina e controlla le attività amministrativo-contabili aziendali, le attività della tesoreria, predispone i bilanci periodici e il bilancio civilistico annuale,  pianifica il fabbisogno finanziario aziendale,  si occupa della dell’analisi economica e finanziaria  dei singoli progetti, cura i rapporti con i committenti, i fornitori e i partner.

Cristina Paffetti

Assistente di Direzione, Responsabile dell'Ufficio Acquisti e Responsabile del Sistema di Gestione della Qualità di Ismeri Europa. Ha acquisito una pluriennale esperienza nella gestione di pratiche di segreteria e di amministrazione. Completano il suo profilo il dinamismo nell'organizzazione del proprio lavoro, l'attitudine al coordinamento degli impegni ed al problem solving, la serietà, la precisione e la riservatezza.

Patrizia Volterra

Patrizia holds a degree in political sciences and is responsible for the Public Procurement Unit. She takes care of the administrative procedures for the submission of proposals (for public tenders and direct/restricted agreements with public administrations) at national and international level. Patrizia is in charge of finding calls for tenders at regional, national, EU and non-EU level, of fulfilling and analyzing the requirements and the technical and operational specifications for the participation in the bids and of preparing the necessary documentation. Patrizia is also responsible for managing Ismeri’s external relations at national and international level in order to strengthen the existing partnerships and establish new ones.


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.

Ismeri Europa s.r.l.
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