Challenges

Currently, we are developing some far-reching activities where great emphasis is being placed on strategy and innovation:


Impact assessment

and support to improve the assessments of Interinstitutional Plans
Impact evaluations are the least developed. They present specific challenges which have to be tackled with methodological rigor, not to mention the cost/value aspect of the assessment itself. CIDEC is currently participating in the development of an Impact Assessment Guide of Vocational Training within the framework of CINTERFOR-ILO.

There is a very specific complexity to Interinstitutional Plans, which is such that they are often considered impossible to assess with methodological rigour. But they are important areas of programming and represent a great deal in terms of the use of public resources. After some previous experiences, Cidec is currently designing an assessment guide that can be adapted to the different levels of government to facilitate a coordinated view of the implementation and results of these plans.

Early Identification of powers and responsibilities

and finding ways to improve information systems and the orientation of employment services
Across Europe, several projects are being developed, based on quantitative projections or the development of qualitative tools, for early identification of the new skills demanded by the labor market, in order to facilitate the adaptation of education and vocational training systems.

CIDEC is currently working on the analysis and adaptation of these models for their potential use in the field of counselling and mediation as well. Quantitative systems can provide a basis that allows current information public employment service systems to include this prospective aspect as well. In this way, citizens, training institutions and companies will be able to take more solid decisions with regard to their education.

Social Innovation

with particular emphasis on areas of specialization (employment, training, integration, organizational development…
Social Innovation, as defined by the European Commission, can be developed from different fields of CIDEC's specialization: training of citizens, generation of new social relationships and new models of collaboration ... to meet the social needs that are not adequately covered by the market or by the public sector are natural areas for the development of new strategies and initiatives aimed at both public and private organizations. In this context, CIDEC participates, among other activities, as a partner of Innobasque (Basque Innovation Agency) in the search for new ways to meet major social challenges with regard to guidance and employment systems.

Flexibility in the recognition of qualifications

and self-assessment systems
The National Qualifications System has recently completed its lower levels - higher education has not been included -, and the certification of skills acquired through experience or through non-formal / informal learning is only just beginning to take shape. Comparative studies done at a European level are identifying changes in the different country models and, although there are no rigorous studies to show the varying effectiveness of more or less rigid or flexible qualification systems, the attempts at flexibilisation being made by some of the countries with more developed skills systems, (including the UK), or to increase opportunities for the formal recognition of skills outside the rigidity of national qualifications, have brought to light features that are being studied and developed by the CIDEC Initiatives Center for their potential use in other contexts.

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