(2019 – ON GOING) EC/DG EMPLOYMENT

Evaluation of the ESF support to Education and Training (Thematic Objective 10)

The study aims at providing the Commission with opinions, evidence and analysis that will allow building up its evaluation of the ESF support to education and training. The evaluation will assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and EU added value of actions funded by the European Social Fund under the current programming period.

(2018 – on going) – Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME)

Fostering collaboration through mapping, analysing and interlinking of European Entrepreneurial Regions

The general objective of this proyect is to strengthen the impact of existing actions aimed at further developing start-up and scale up support by building on the experience of some of Europe’s most entrepreneurial regions and capitalising on the Committee of the Regions’s links to and communication channels with regions and local actors.

5th of December 2018

Speech of Prof. Wolleb at the event “Hacia una Política Federal del Desarrollo”, whitin the project “EU-Argentina Regional Policy Cooperation on Multi-Level Governance Systems” (EC/Dg Regio)

Speech of Prof. Wolleb at the event “Hacia una Política Federal del Desarrollo”, which will also be attended by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Public Works of Agentina, Rogelio Frigerio, and the President of the Bank of Argentina, Javier Gonzalez Fraga.

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(2018) EC/DG EMPLOYMENT

Study supporting the evaluation of Decision 573/2014/EU on enhanced cooperation between PES

The aim of the study was to evaluate the European Public Employment Sevices Network based on the objectives established in Decision 573/2014 / EU. The study assisted the Commission in assessing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, coherence and added value of decision 573/2014 / EU and in particular deepened the contribution of the European Network to the strengthening of employment services in some Member States including Italy.

5 October 2018

Round table discussion on ‘Governance and institutional capacity” with the Governor of the Campania Region.

Participation of Prof. Wolleb in the round table discussion on ‘Governance and institutional capacity: how Cohesion policy can contribute to innovate the administration’. Participants include: Vincenzo De Luca, Governor of the Campania Region, as well as other national and European officials in charge of managing EU Funds.

Locandina evento 5 ottobre

September 2018

Meetings of Prof. Wolleb whitin the project “EU-Argentina Regional Policy Cooperation on Multi-Level Governance Systems” (EC/Dg Regio)

Prof. Wolleb met with Mariano Mayer, Secretary of SMEs representing the Ministry of Production of Argentina and representatives of the Province of Jujuy, the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Belgrano Plan, Institute Institute National Industrial Technology (INTI), National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA) and Federal Council of Science and Technology (COFECYT). 

(2018 – on going) EC/Dg Regio

EU-Argentina Regional Policy Cooperation on Multi-Level Governance Systems – Institution and Capacity Building on Regional Policy Programming and Implementation

Technical assistance and support to the Ministry of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina and other Ministries concerned for:

  • the design and implementation of regional policies;
  • setting up the monitoring and evaluation system;
  • providing detailed guidelines and training for carrying out evaluation of enterprise support and innovation, rural development, transport, environment and energy, health, tourism and culture etc.
  • strengthening and implementing system procedures of horizontal and vertical collaboration between Ministries and institutions linked to development;
  • transfer the necessary knowledge and skills to provincial and national officials on the normative and organisational principles adopted in the framework of EU regional policy.

(2018 – ON GOING) ITALIAN MINISTRY OF LABOUR

Support services for the development of a model for monitoring the activities of institutions subject to supervision by the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies

Technical support for the development of a model for monitoring the performance of the National Agency of Active Labour Market Policies (ANPLA) and of the National Labour Inspectorate (INL)

(2018) 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.

(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 project is aimed at assessing the feasibility of Counterfactual impact evaluation (CIE) as an advantageous method for studying European Social Fund (ESF) interventions. The activities include:

  • Mapping available data and judge whether CIE could be used more widely
  • identify obstacles and propose ways to overcome them, notably as regards access to data registers
  • explore how CIE could be used directly by the Commission to reach solid conclusions about the ESF effectiveness and sustainability of results.
  • carry out a pilot exercise in a limited number of Member States on the sustainability and effectiveness of 2014-2020 ESF initiatives for long-term unemployed and early school leavers.

(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) – 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 – 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) 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.

(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.

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(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.

(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.

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(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.

(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.

(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 – 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.

(2015 – IN CORSO) EC/DG REGIO

Evaluation Helpdesk

The aim of the contract is to provide an ‘Evaluation Helpdesk’ to the Commission that:

  • reviews the 2014-2020 evaluation plans,
  • identifies and reviews quality of evaluations undertaken by Managing Authorities in 2015-2019,
  • provides support to Member States in refining evaluation plans and designing and managing evaluations.
  • provides evidence to support the European Commission’s in summarising 2014-2020 evaluation findings.

(2015 – IN CORSO) EC/DG REGIO

Evaluation Helpdesk

L’obiettivo del progetto è la fornitura di un helpdesk di valutazione alla Dg Regio, che esaminerà i piani di valutazione 2014–2020, identificherà le valutazioni effettuate dalle Autorità di Gestione nel periodo 2015–2019, esaminerà un campione di valutazioni e fornirà supporto agli Stati membri nel perfezionamento dei loro piani di valutazione, nell’elaborazione e nella gestione delle valutazioni.

(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)

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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 – 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

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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

Matteo Martella

Policy Analist

Postgraduate specialization in European studies and affairs, at the European College of Parma, with a focus on structural funds and cohesion policy. Junior policy consultant in the field of employment and social policies. He is currently taking part in the evaluation of ESF OP Tuscany Region 2014 – 2020 and has carried out the Italian case study for “Study supporting the evaluation of Decision 573/2014/EU on enhanced cooperation between Public Employment Services (PES) – project” for Dg Empl.