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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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: 2015 certified Company.

Services

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.

Contacts

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.
Via G. G. Belli, 39
00193 Rome – Italy
Tel.: +39 (06) 32691201
Fax.: +39 (06) 3213306
Mail: mail@ismerieuropa.com
Pec: ismerieuropa@pec.it

If you are interested in working with Ismeri Europa, please send us your CV at mail@ismerieuropa.com or volterra@ismerieuropa.com.