ISEAK aims to be a key actor involved in social and economic decision-making at both the public and private levels. ISEAK has built a solid reputation thanks to its working method, which is based on knowledge achieved from data-based evidence. For proper decision-making, it is essential to start from a proper diagnosis.
We are guided by scientific rigor based on evidence – good data and good tools for proper measurement – and independence. We are firmly committed to the development and the improvement of public policies. ISEAK’s mission is to learn and contribute to the improvement of our social environment and advance towards a more modern and inclusive society.
Our priority action areas are:
1.Employment and Unemployment
Both the Great Recession that our country suffered from 2008 to 2015 and the recent crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed growing social inequality, aggravated by the chronification of unemployment among specific groups. ISEAK’s mission is to reveal which and how the most vulnerable profiles are in relation to employment (by gender, educational level, socioeconomic level, etc.) and in which type of sectors and occupations they could find a job that fits them. This way, we help those who design social policies to direct their inclusion instruments and their employment and job placement programs more effectively.
Women have made a firm commitment to a high-level qualification. This has brought progress in their labor market integration, yet caregiving – for young children, elderly or dependent people – still disproportionately burdens women. Our mission in this area is to show evidence of the magnitude and evolution of the gender gaps, to contrast their relationships with family care and to offer policy advice on specific measures that will make it possible to accelerate progress towards full gender equality in the labor market.
3.Poverty and Inclusion
The raising social inequality in our societies generates collectives of poor people and people at risk of labor and social exclusion. The globalization and digitalization processes, which are making on-the-raise skills more and more demanding will accentuate the gap between the rich and poor if not accompanied by inclusive policy measures. From this perspective, social programs such as minimum income schemes are needed to alleviate poverty among the most vulnerable households while fostering their social and labor market integration. Our mission in this priority action area is to improve the design and evaluate existing minimum income schemes.
4.Digitalization and Human Capital
The rapid digital transformation of existing companies is triggering major organizational and production changes that ultimately bring substantial gains in productivity. This transformation nonetheless requires innovative investments, not only in technology but also in upskilling or lifelong training and in reskilling the workforce. Our mission in this area is to foster and propose specific measures to ensure that the ongoing automatization process that firms are experiencing is intrinsically linked to the continuous reskilling of people that form part of it.
We partner with institutions, usually from the public sector, yet we also collaborate with third sector organizations and private firms. We are part of local, national, and international networks, where we actively contribute to the creation and dissemination of knowledge.
Our team combines experts from leading international organizations with academic researchers with an in-depth understanding of the socio-economic reality of our environments. This combination fosters the adaptation of international knowledge and best common practices to the specificities of the social and economic policy challenges faced by decision-makers.