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  1. Measuring research and innovation

    Research and innovation are crucial in bringing about a return to competitiveness for Europe. More than simply overcoming the current crisis, the European Commission is committed to building a stable economy for the future based on smart sustainable growt ...

    01 September 2015

  2. Towards meaningful performance budgeting: How to proceed after 60 years of failure?

    22 Apr 2016 by Wouter Van Dooren (Associate Professor, University of Antwerp- Belgium)   Why meaningful performance budgeting is hardly successful? What are the limitations of performance measurement? How to make the best of performance budgeting?     “Wh ...

    15 April 2016

  3. Performance-based budgeting: towards a new methodological approach

    14 Apr 2016 by Åge Johnsen (Department of Public Management- Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences) How to puzzle out the new challenges of PBB at EU level? How to set up key-performance indicators? What is the role of stakeholders?   “ ...

    15 April 2016

  4. Composite indicators

    Indices aggregate multi-dimensional processes into simplified concepts. The JRC has developed methodologies to construct robust composite indicators that can provide policy-makers with the ‘big picture’ on matters that are crucial for the EU, helping to s ...

    01 September 2015

  5. Performance-based budgeting

    15 Jan 2016 Lessons from academic research and practices in the public sector by Maarten De Jong  (Budget specialist at Ministry of Finance) How to operationalize PBB at EU level? Does PBB increase transparency of government spending and results? Does PBB ...

    15 January 2016

  6. Measuring Financial Integration in Europe: a price-based approach for equity and bond markets

    The economic literature, while recognizing the added value of financial market integration, does not offer a clear cut answer on the best measure(s) of this integration. We compute three possible measures based on the sensitivity of domestic European stoc ...

    24 April 2016

  7. Support to the World Intellectual Property Organization for monitoring global innovation

    16 Sep 2015 The JRC was invited for the fifth consecutive year, by the Cornell University, INSEAD business school and the World Intellectual Property Organization to conduct thorough conceptual and statistical coherence tests on the Global Innovation Inde ...

    09 February 2016

  8. Simplifying the complex: informing and monitoring policies with composite indicators

    03 Feb 2016 How to measure the rule of law, the cost of climate change or economic growth potential? How to monitor their evolution? Composite indicators and scoreboards are often behind the numbers that are communicated to the public, as they have the po ...

    03 February 2016

  9. Mapping the impact of alien species on marine ecosystems: the Mediterranean Sea case study

    Aim To develop a standardized, quantitative method for mapping cumulative impacts of invasive alien species on marine ecosystems. Location The methodology is applied in the Mediterranean Sea but is widely applicable. Methods A conservative additive model ...

    17 April 2016

  10. Key enabling technologies foster economic growth, especially in low-tech EU regions

    26 Jan 2016 A first-time analysis finds that key enabling technologies (KETs) – such as nano electronics or industrial biotechnologies – directly boost EU regions’ growth, particularly those which lag behind in innovation. Comparison with specialisation i ...

    26 January 2016

  11. Research and Innovation Observatory

    RIO https://rio.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ The Research and Innovation Observatory (RIO) is an initiative of the European Commission to monitor and analyse research and innovation developments at country and EU levels to support better policy making in Europe. DG ...

    16 October 2015

  12. Plenary of the ECIBC 2015: Improving breast cancer screening, diagnosis and care in Europe

    09 Dec 2015 to 11 Dec 2015 The European Commission Initiative on Breast Cancer (ECIBC) is built upon the principles of sustainability, continuity and the transparent inclusion of experts and stakeholders to develop a project that will have an impact on br ...

    26 November 2015

  13. Report of the JRC’s Descriptor 5 workshop to support the review of the Commission Decision 2010/477/EU concerning MSFD criteria for assessing Good Environmental Status

    The MSFD workshop on eutrophication (D5), held in Ispra JRC (29th-30th of September 2015) aimed to provide clear proposals and conclusions on some of the outstanding issues identified in the D5 review manual (May 2015 consultation version: https://circabc ...

    06 April 2016

  14. 13th JRC Annual Training on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards

    12 Nov 2015 to 13 Nov 2015 The training will offer the lessons learnt from the JRC assessments on more than 100 well-known composite indicators and scoreboards.   Training Objectives: to present the concepts of composite indicators and scoreboards and dis ...

    22 October 2015

  15. Performance Based Budgeting

    15 Oct 2015 JRC Seminar: “Performance Based Budgeting (PBB)- International practices & Implementation dilemmas” by Ronnie Downes (OECD-Deputy Head of Budgeting and Public Expenditures Division) What is PBB What are its principles? How can PBB be imple ...

    12 October 2015

  16. JRC STATISTICAL AUDIT ON THE GLOBAL TALENT COMPETITIVENESS INDEX 2015-16

    The GTCI attempts to summarise complex and versatile concepts related to human capital and talent competitiveness at the national scale in 109 countries worldwide. In so doing, it raises some conceptual and practical challenges. The JRC analysis suggests ...

    13 March 2016

  17. JRC STATISTICAL AUDIT ON THE GLOBAL TALENT COMPETITIVENESS INDEX 2014

    The JRC analysis suggests that the conceptualised multilevel structure of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI) 2014 is statistically coherent and balanced (i.e., not dominated by any pillar or sub-pillar; all indicators contribute to the variati ...

    13 March 2016

  18. JRC Statistical Assessment of the 2015 ICT Development Index

    Since 2009, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has been publishing its annual ICT Development Index (IDI), which benchmarks countries’ performance with regard to ICT infrastructure, use and skills. The JRC analysis, conducted at ITU’s invitat ...

    13 March 2016

  19. Chapter 2: Benchmarking Innovation Outperformance at the Global and Country Levels

    At the global level, the need to spur innovation to foster economic growth and to find solutions to social challenges is increasingly recognized.Accordingly, benchmarking innovation performance is becoming a greater priority. Taking advantage of the wealt ...

    13 March 2016

  20. Civic Competence of Youth in Europe: Measuring cross national variation through the creation of a composite indicator

    This article develops a composite indicator to monitor the levels of civic competence of young people in Europe using the IEA ICCS 2009 study. The measurement model combines the traditions in Europe of liberal, civic republican and critical/cosmopolitan m ...

    13 March 2016

  21. Potential Lessons for Europe from Key Governance Measures

    This chapter uses two important governance indexes to understand the extent to which the nation-states of the European Union and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are congruent or non-congruent with regard to their developm ...

    16 March 2016

  22. Report of the JRC’s Descriptor 1 workshop to support the review of the Commission Decision 2010/477/EU concerning MSFD criteria for assessing Good Environmental Status

    The MSFD workshop on biodiversity (MSFD D1), held in Ispra JRC (7th-9th of September 2015) aimed to provide clear proposals and conclusions on some of the outstanding issues identified in the D1 review manual (May 2015 consultation version: https://circab ...

    09 March 2016

  23. Report of the JRC’s Descriptor 2 workshop in support to the review of the Commission Decision 2010/477/EU concerning MSFD criteria for assessing Good Environmental Status for NIS

    The MSFD workshop on non-indigenous species (NIS, MSFD D2), held in Ispra JRC (10th-11th of September 2015) aimed to provide clear proposals and conclusions on some of the outstanding issues identified in the D2 review manual (May 2015 consultation versio ...

    09 March 2016

  24. Linking structure and function in food webs: maximization of different ecological functions generates distinct food web structures

    1. Trophic interactions are central to ecosystem functioning, but the link between food web structure and ecosystem functioning remains obscure. Regularities (i.e. consistent patterns) in food web structure suggest the possibility of regularities in ecosy ...

    03 March 2016

  25. Does the water footprint concept provide relevant information to address the water–food–energy–ecosystem nexus?

    This paper is a perspective paper, which investigates whether the water footprint (WF) concept addresses the water–food–energy–ecosystem nexus. First, the nexus links between (1) the planetary boundary freshwater resources (green and blue water resources) ...

    04 March 2016