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A selection of recent Projects

Mapping of the capacities and competences of the labour market in Spain

ISEAK Foundation, collaborates with COTEC Foundation to analyze the competences and capacities of the workers in the labour market of Spain. This project uses the new database of the European Commission called ESCO which allows to identify which competences and capacities are specifically associated to the different occupations in Europe. First of all, the study will identify the occupations that are actually booming and declining in Spain and with that information we will be allowed to know how the evolution of the competences and capacities is in the labour market and how to make a forecast of the employment in the future. Secondly, it will identify the groups at risk of labour exclusion, in other words, the ones that have the competences that are actually disappearing. Finally, it is proposed to design a retraining model for these groups at risk towards the emerging occupations with similar competences.

Comprehensive Evaluation of Active Employment Policies in Castilla y León

The ISEAK Foundation, together with the other partners of Redev (Afi, IVIE and KSNET), collaborates with AIReF and the Public Employment Service of Castilla y León in the comprehensive evaluation of four active employment policies implemented in recent years:

1) Subsidies for the relocation of people in declining sectors, such as mining and thermal power plants
2) Training courses for unemployed people oriented to the demand and needs of local companies
3) Integrated itinerary of orientation, training and job placement to align professional qualifications and improve the job placement capacity of unemployed people
4) Subsidies to non-profit institutions for hiring unemployed people

With the development of this project we intend to advance in the evaluation of procedures, monitoring and impact of these four programs of different nature executed by the Public Employment Service of Castilla y León. The large amount of economic resources allocated to the implementation and maintenance of these policies, together with the limited evidence of their effectiveness for the national territory, makes the integral evaluation of their follow-up, implementation and causal impact essential.

Inequalities in access to employment

ISEAK Foundation, in collaboration with La Caixa Social Observatory, analyzes in this project the inequalities that are generated in the labor market, both among people at the time of accessing a job and among employed persons. The ultimate objective of the project is to identify those areas on which we can act in terms of public policies and to make concrete proposals aimed at reducing inequality in Spain.

Diagnosis of the impact of Covid-19 in the tourism and commerce sectors in the Basque Country

Since March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation, with very significant impacts on crucial sectors of the economy, such as the tourism and commerce sectors. In this context, ISEAK Foundation collaborates with the Department of Tourism, Commerce and Consumption of the Basque Government in the monitoring and evaluation of its impact. This collaboration covers two different aspects. The first one analyzes the impact on the labor market, which makes it possible to identify the profiles of the most affected people, as well as to identify those who manage to regain employment or who, on the contrary, face greater difficulties. The second one assesses the economic impact of Covid-19 in both sectors, as well as monitoring of public aid received by the affected companies.

Design of regional supplements to the Minimum Living Income in the Canary Islands

The Minimum Living Income works as the last safety net for the most vulnerable households in Spain. Faced with this new scenario, the role of the Autonomous Communities is to complement this benefit by covering the groups and needs not covered by the IMV (Minimum Living Income, for its accronym in Spanish) based on specific regional needs. In this sense, ISEAK Foundation collaborates with the Government of the Canary Islands by designing complementary measures to achieve full social and labor inclusion of their citizens.

Good practices of evaluation processes

The ISEAK Foundation works together with with Afi (International Financial Analysts), IVIE (Valencian Institute of Economic Research) and KSNET (Knowledge Sharing Network) in the development of a protocol of best practices for data collection in policy evaluation processes and programs. The objective of this project is to provide value added to public and private entities, so that, when designing their data collection processes, they can have as a baseline this protocol or “toolbox”, adapt it to their needs and then be able to carry out an evaluation efficiently.

Evaluation of the impact of the Guaranteed Income in the Autonomous Community of Navarre

The project consists of verifying, through microsimulations, how effective this instrument is in reducing not only the incidence of poverty but also its intensity. ISEAK also analyzes the impact of the minimum income on the labour market, measuring the effectiveness of mechanisms to stimulate employment. With all this, we intend to contribute to the good design of the Guaranteed Income instrument in Navarre.

Design of the Minimum Income in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are among the regions with highest poverty rates in Spain. Currently, 140,000 people (7 percent of the population) live in extreme poverty in this Autonomous Community. In this context, the ISEAK Foundation is working together with the Government of the Canary Islands to design a minimum income system which is equitable, effective and efficient in the eradication of poverty in Canarian households. In addition, through microsimulation techniques, we will assess the impact of the proposed designs on poverty reduction in the region.

Employment and Unemployment in Bizkaia

For the second consecutive year, ISEAK collaborates with the Provincial Council of Bizkaia (Diputación de Bizkaia), in particular with the Department of Employment and Social Affairs, in the development of projects within the following areas:

  1. Employment and Unemployment in Bizkaia
  2. Gender Equality in the Workplace
  3. Civil Society Information Platform

Does the use of digital tools reduce inequality in school?

The objective of this project, which will be carried out within the COTEC Open Innovation Program #PIA2019, is to conduct an empirical analysis of inequality. It will analyze the use of digital tools by young people, as well as the teaching methodology in relation to the digital world. The results of this project are expected to inform policy-makers and the educational community about how student learning outcomes are affected by the use of digital tools and devices as part of the educational methodology in the classroom. Likewise, it will be shown if this impact can be uneven among students according to their socioeconomic level, origin or gender.

Impact evaluation of tourism events in Euskadi

This project is contextualized in the Strategic Plan of the Department of Tourism, Commerce and Consumption of the Basque Government. Specifically, its objective is to get to know the impact that certain events cause in the accommodation receivers, according to the characteristics of the event. This information is key to improve decision-making when planning, managing and developing future events in Euskadi and, ultimately, to comply with the “2030 Vision” of the Department, which aims to promote the development of a destination of excellence and specialization, which brings high value to tourists and sustainable prosperity to Basque society, business people, employees and the environment.

Actions for the return to employment of groups at risk of labor exclusion in Bizkaia

The objective of this project is the identification of the profiles with greater difficulties of labor insertion for the subsequent realization of specific interventions that will allow them to access to a job again. The diagnosis will be made based on the time they have been unemployed, their probability of finding a job and the social cost of unemployment they support. The design of the actions will take into account the demand for work in Bizkaia, as well as the competences of the identified groups.

Labor overview on the commerce sector in Euskadi

This study aims to obtain a complete and accurate radiography of the employment in the commerce sector in Euskadi. Through the exploitation and combination of all the databases with available information that allow identifying the sector, it will analyze the evolution of social security affiliations from the economic recovery; (ii) the profiling of the employees in the sector, (iii) the creation of employment at regional level according to the type of contract, stability and rotation, (iv) unemployed people coming from the commerce sector and, lastly, (iv) the salary evolution since the beginning of the crisis, as well as the gender wage gap in the sector.

Precarious employment of women in Gipuzkoa and its relationship with motherhood and family responsibilities

The objective of this project is to measure whether having children in Gipuzkoa generates a employment gap between the mother and the father and, if so, to quantify it. Likewise, it will evaluate the impact of having children in the differences in the use of time of mothers and fathers, particularly, in the joint responsibility in cares.

Observatory of poverty and inequality in Euskadi

ISEAK Foundation is carrying out a project that diagnoses poverty and inequality in Euskadi, its three provinces and their regions. The objective is to obtain a detailed radiography of the evolution of different indicators of poverty and inequality between 2008 and 2018 at all geographical levels, focusing on people and households living below the poverty thresholds. In addition, the impact of the Minimum Income Scheme (RGI, for its acronym in Spanish) on the reduction of the different indicators, as well as its shock absorber role in the period of economic recession, is analyzed. The RGI is the economic benefit that the Basque Government provides to those individuals and families who do not have sufficient resources. This project is possible thanks to the collaboration with the Department of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government.

Evaluation of Employability Decrees for the Unemployed

In collaboration with the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, we are evaluating the impact of two law-decrees aimed at activating two particularly vulnerable groups of unemployed people: youth and women older than 45.

Career paths of young people in Gipuzkoa

This project seeks to learn about the career paths of young people from Gipuzkoa, both men and women, to take better political decisions that can help the target group, the companies they work at and the society from Gipuzkoa in general.

iseakLab (Laboratorio Laboral de Euskadi – Euskadiko Lan Laborategia)

iseakLab (www.iseaklab.eu) es una plataforma web dinámica desarrollada por ISEAK donde se pueden analizar los datos de empleo y desempleo de Euskadi en detalle, de manera fácil y accesible.

The Social Cost of Unemployment in Spain

This paper will analyze unemployment in Spain from a point of view different than the usual, specifically from the perspective of the social cost of unemployment.

Diagnosis of interventions for self-employed workers

Through this project, ISEAK seeks to evaluate the interventions made by DEMA (Agency for Employment and Entrepreneurship in Bizkaia) for self-employment. In particular, ISEAK will analyze the typology of people and activities that achieve better and worse results in their self-employment processes, in order to find those cases that can provide possible keys to success and to detect possible improvements.

Labor market of the tourism sector in the Basque Country

A study will be carried out to obtain an accurate radiography on the labor market of the tourism sector in the Basque Country, understanding the distribution of the people employed in the sector and their evolution over the years.

EEA-Norway Project for Youth Unemployment (2018-2021)

We belong to a consortium of five partners whose project has been selected as one of the 20 Research Projects to dive into the analysis and actions to combat youth unemployment.

Diagnosis of the Basque educational system

This project is carried out in collaboration with the Department of Education of the Basque Government. It has two main parts: analysis of public expenditure in education, from an equality and efficiency standpoint; and a study on the results obtained by students in the diagnoses test of the ISEI-IVEI, focusing on grade repetition.

Analysis of gender gaps in the Basque labor market 

This study is carried out in collaboration with Emakunde. The goal is to measure the size of the gender gaps in the labor market in Euskadi, paying special attention to wage gaps and their determinants.

Unemployment in the Basque Country: Profile and activating actions

This project consists on profiling all unemployed workers and estimating the unemployment risks of different groups depending on their sociodemographic characteristics. Additionally, different activating measures will be proposed for different groups based on actions successfully implemented in other countries.

Research Project to analyse labour market situation of Romas in Spain 

The aim of this project is to understand, from an empirical perspective, the labour market barriers that Romas face in Spain for a successful labour market experience.

Collaborative Lab for the intervention against unemployment

In this project, ISEAK works as technical advisor in an European intervention project against unemployment in different autonomous communities of Spain. Each community is offered a very detailed diagnosis of its unemployed population in order to enable it to focus more adequately on their interventions in terms of activating their unemployed.

Evaluation of Active Policies: Lanzaderas

Lanzaderas is an initiative to activate unemployed workers into the labour market. We are evaluating the initiatives carried out by the Diputación Foral de Bizkaia. The impact is measured not only on employability, but also on other intangible characteristics, such as self-steem, stress, attitude, oneness, etc.

Labor Map of Bizkaia

The map offers detailed and up-to-date information on the distribution of the unemployed of each municipality in Bizkaia, as well as information on the number of firms and their distribution and classification.