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.