Active Labour Market Policies Evaluation in Luxembourg (EvaLab4Lux)
Development and implementation of a systematic evaluation strategy in Luxembourg in the context of active labour market programmes along with all ESF supported activities related to the development and promotion of active labour market policies. Given (i) the high cost of labour market programmes, (ii) the fundamental necessity to evaluate whether interventions have had or will have their intended effects and (iii) the need for better tools to design future policies, evaluation is becoming a fundamental aspect of policy making. It should provide answers about what programmes work for whom and why, and how to design optimal future policies. The aim of this project is to contribute to this field of research by: 1) building the relative administrative dataset, collecting information included in the global social security database on labour force in Luxembourg (IGSS) and the administrative data collected by the Employment Agency (ADEM). 2) providing systematic studies (descriptive statistics/survival analyses…etc) of all active labour market programmes (in line with the evaluation strategy of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg); 3) conducting impact evaluation studies of all active labour market programmes in Luxembourg, based on advanced methodologies that guarantee the robustness and reliability of the results as well as the tractability and availability of tools for policy analysis. In particular, we will estimate causal effects of participation to i) binary and ii) multiple interventions. Moreover, we will focus not only on pair-wise comparisons among individuals enrolled in different schemes (which would give the causal effect for a particular subpopulation), but also on comparing all individuals simultaneously.
This would enable policy makers to contrast the average effects across different measures, and eventually select the most efficient corresponding to a well defined target group. Finally, a cost/benefit analysis of the different measures will be also provided. 4) sharing knowledge: I. an international conference where top experts will present their latest research and exchange innovative ideas; II. every year, a national conference for public policy actors in Luxembourg, to present recent findings on evaluation results of national policies; III. a summer training school on Policy Evaluation and Causal Inference, with the intervention of top experts in the field, aiming to teach students the newest techniques of evaluation; 5) communicating, gaining visibility and recognition IV. a dedicated working paper series; V. an active website describing our past and future activities as well as our research outputs, and offering an on-line version of working papers, workshop videos, conference and training sessions organised by the ‘impact evaluation team’; VI. regular mailing to a broad list of partners and potential collaborators to inform them of our activities and diffuse working papers; VII. press reviews and communication with institutions, academic circles and the media, in line with the communication strategy of LISER and the the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg; VIII. internet discussion forum for sharing best practices and evaluation techniques at the European level, through an ‘ad-hoc’ forum platform.