Methods

Surveys

Economics & Data has extensive experience in the development and implementation of surveys. For many years, we have been implementing the German vacancy survey. We have also successfully implemented several multilingual survey projects carried out in support of the ETF. We have overseen experiments within surveys on mode and question order, and implemented mixed P&P, CAWI, and CATI surveys. And we provide data cleaning, weighting, depersonalizing, quality reports and analyses.

Our team offers years of experience in individual and business surveys and a wide range of services. We specialise in survey design, using proven methods and techniques to produce meaningful results. In addition, we support in the sample selection to ensure an accurate representation of the target groups.

Our professional fieldwork ensures that surveys are properly conducted, and the data is of high quality. We also offer a comprehensive range of data analysis services, weighting and projection. Our experts have in-depth knowledge of statistical data analysis and can deliver meaningful results.

We provide structured reporting on quality and outcomes that allows to draw meaningful conclusions. We take great care to ensure that our clients receive the results in a clear and understandable format. Our reports include detailed analysis and are presented with meaningful graphs and tables. and tables.

Skills Forecasting

Economics & Data has extensive expertise in developing labour market forecasts based on more than 20 years of experience. We have developed national and regional instruments and labour market monitoring projects. We were also part of the consortium that developed the Cedefop and BMAS forecasting models. Since the beginning in 2007, Ben Kriechel has been involved in the development and implementation of Cedefop’s mid term skills forecast.

Another example of our work is developing a forecasting model for the labour market in the area of early childhood education on behalf of the Bertelsmann Foundation.

In addition, we have evaluated the labour market forecasting model for the Republic of Moldova and supported the development of a quantitative occupational and qualification model for Ukraine as well as for Slovenia.

Ben Kriechel and Rob Wilson were responsible for developing the second part of the Skills Forecasting Guide for Cedefop, ETF and ILO. This part covers the development and implementation of quantitative labour market forecasting models.

We have applied our extensive expertise and knowledge to produce accurate and reliable labour market forecasts in all these projects.

We aim to provide our clients with well-founded and accurate information about the labour market to help them with their strategic decisions and plans. With our long experience and professional approach, we can offer tailor-made solutions that meet our clients’ individual needs.

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Labour Market Analysis

We have extensive experience in the analysis of labour markets. In doing so, we use the entire range of instruments of empirical labour market research: from our own data collection, through adjustment and statistical analysis, to the description and comparative evaluation of the analyses.

Skill Mismatch

The ETF Skill Mismatch Measurement project in ETF partner countries developed various indicators of skills mismatch. A limitation of this project was that existing micro-data should be analyzed, partly in the field. Within the project, we developed indicators for the pilot countries to measure skill mismatch. The implementation strategy allowed for local analysis within national statistical offices while retaining a common analytical framework. In a follow-up project, 15 ETF partner countries were included. And the extended range of indicators allowed for the identification of horizontal and vertical mismatches using national microdata. Again, the framework allowed for the remote execution of the analytical scripts within the premises of national statistical offices.

Based on this work, we developed another project for UNESCO-IIEP, which provided a toolkit for analysing skills mismatch in African countries.

Torino Process

We compile regularly updated data on the Torino Process from a wide range of international sources. We combine published and aggregated data with independent analyses of microdata. We work together with ETF specialists to produce wide-ranging analyses and country reports.

Labour Market Information

In an ILO project ‘Skill needs anticipation: Systems and approaches - Analysis of stakeholder survey on skill needs assessment and anticipation’, we analysed stakeholder surveys from OECD/ILO/ETF/Cedefop.

The survey addressed ministries of labour and education, trade unions, and employers’ organisations in 61 countries on systems, approaches and institutional frameworks for assessing and anticipating labour and skill needs.

In a project on skills governance for Cedefop, we analysed, together with a consortium led by FGB, issues related to skills anticipation and governance in four EU countries: Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece and Slovakia. In addition to country-specific reports and training, general guides on the use of labour market information and tools were produced.

Evaluation

For the ILO, we developed and coordinated a project on the impact of technological change and future skills needs. Based on 12 sector studies from different countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, a comparative analysis of the impact of digitalisation on skills needs was developed. The analysis covers various aspects, including changes in work processes, the introduction of new technologies and the adaptation of the workforce to these changes. It also examines the impact on employment, skill requirements and income distribution.

A direct evaluation study was the evaluation of the literacy programme for female refugees in Afghanistan. The project, implemented by DVV on behalf of GiZ, was designed to improve educational opportunities for disadvantaged women in that country. The programme was designed to help women who had to leave their homes due to conflict to learn basic literacy skills. A comprehensive evaluation was conducted to assess the effectiveness of this programme. This evaluation aimed to examine not only the impact of the programme on the women themselves but also the impact on their children.