JRC News

  1. 6 May 2015

    From May 6th to May 11th, the JRC met with the managing authorities from Italy, Portugal and Estonia, to talk about pilot projects to carry out counterfactual impact evaluations of interventions related to the European Social Fund, providing comments and methodological support for the evaluations.

  2. 9 Sep 2014

    Existing patterns of student and school non-response to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) suggest the potential need to revise the design of data collection.

    Results of international educational achievement surveys make it possible to compare countries’ success in educational outcomes and have therefore impacted widely on education policy debate in many countries. However, attention to the survey results has not been matched by thorough reviews of the data quality of such surveys, in particular with respect to non-response rates and non-response bias.

  3. 26 Jun 2014

    The "Knowledge Gap Report" is a meta-analysis of the current knowledge on the effectiveness of interventions funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

     

  4. 19 Jun 2014

    At the request of ESF Managing Authorities in Latvia, CRIE held a 2-day training workshop on 4-5th June 2014 in Riga. The workshop provided the audience with the fundamentals of counterfactual analysis and a number of examples to illustrate the theory.

  5. 17 Mar 2014

    A recent study published by the JRC reveals that income inequality might have a negative effect on interpersonal trust. Trust is a critical factor for societies to function well: it goes hand in hand with cooperative behaviors and investment decisions, as well as with the quality of institutions, which are all key determinants of economic performance. The implications of such a detrimental effect of inequality on trust should, therefore, not be disregarded.

  6. 28 Nov 2013

    According to the 2013 Education and Training Monitor recently launched by the European Commission, sixteen Member States decreased their spending on education between 2008 and 2011, with six showing further significant budget decreases in 2012. The Education and Training Monitor is an annual publication examining the evolution of Europe’s education and training systems, allowing Member States to compare themselves against others. Most of the analysis presented in the Monitor is based on reports produced by the JRC.

  7. 20 Nov 2013

    The 2013 edition of the Regional Competitiveness Index (RCI) has been launched by the JRC, in collaboration with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional Policy. The RCI was first published in 2010 and shows that competitiveness has a strong regional dimension, which national level indicators cannot capture.

  8. 19 Nov 2013

    The Environment and Gender Index (EGI) was launched by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) today during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC COP19) in Warsaw. The EGI attempts to monitor progress toward gender equality in the context of global environmental governance and provides information on how 72 nations (including 11 EU members) are translating gender and environment mandates into national policy and planning.

  9. 25 Oct 2013

    A new single innovation indicator, which the JRC helped develop, has been presented at this week's European Council Summit on 24 and 25 October. The indicator focuses on innovation output and measures the extent to which ideas from innovative sectors are able to reach the market, providing better jobs and making Europe more competitive.

  10. 11 Oct 2013

    Are ratings and rankings non-debatable? Does the weight given to one variable actually reflect its real importance? In a recently published article in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A the JRC describes its statistical method to assess the quality of multi-dimensional indices (composite indicators). The analysis shows that for several of these indices equal importance is attributed to the underlying variables, while in many cases, only a few variables drive the results and others are merely cosmetic. The JRC method can help developers revise their composite indicators in order to obtain statistical coherence.