The aim of the project, awarded to Applica and ICF (leader), is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the challenges in the effectiveness of the EU Member States’ minimum income schemes. The main tasks include the mapping of existing schemes; the identification of strengths and challenges in their effectiveness for alleviating poverty and facilitating labour market transition and social inclusion; and the impact assessment of various measures aiming at enhancing the effectiveness of these schemes.
Income distribution, poverty and social policy
The project is conducted for Eurostat by the consortium composed of Applica (leader) and Alphametrics. The overall purpose of the project is to support Eurostat in the continued undertaking of ESSPROS related activities and to assist in the work to further develop the ESSPROS system. There are four main tasks in the project. The first task covers the activities for the development of the existing ESSPROS data collections. The second task aims at supporting extension of the ESSSPROS system through the development of the methodological basis for a new data collection on the number of recipients/beneficiaries of social benefits in the unemployment function. Thirdly, the project provides support for meetings by assisting Eurostat in the preparation and delivery of meetings that underpin the on-going process of exchange and consensus building amongst ESSPROS stakeholders. The fourth and the final task includes statistical training for ESSPROS domain.
The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) brings together independent experts on social inclusion and social protection and government experts on social protection systems (the Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection – MISSOC).
The ESPN provides high quality and timely independent information, advice, analysis and expertise in monitoring progress towards the EU’s social (protection and inclusion) goals and will help the Commission to identify and stimulate debate and discussion on effective policy developments and innovative developments in Member States.
Applica is responsible for coordinating the work of the government experts on social protection systems (MISSOC) and for communication activities (seminars, publications and online resources).
The study aims to provide a thorough economic and financial analysis of the design, feasibility, governance and implementation options of a possible future Child Guarantee Scheme in all EU Member States. To achieve this, it will prepare a detailed comprehensive study exploring what would be the most cost-effective strategy for the competent authorities to realise a child guarantee for all children at risk of poverty in the EU. The study complements the Study on the feasibility of a child guarantee for vulnerable children: Phase I.
2019 - 2020
The overall purpose of the study is to collect and report policy-relevant evidence on preferences of the citizens for social protection. The analysis aims, in particular, at identifying the type of social contract that is favoured by people, at providing a clear overview of the factors that influence the demand for social protection and solidarity, and at exploring the potential for EU-wide solidarity and protection.
2018 - 2020
The study aims at providing an analysis of the design, feasibility, governance and implementation options of a possible future European Child Guarantee for vulnerable children. The results of the study, which will also gather the views of national authorities, international organisations as well as civil society, will be presented at a final conference in the first half of 2020.
2013 - 2017
The aim of the project is to analyse trends in income distribution, poverty, social exclusion and material deprivation as well as health across the European Union, the position of different groups in society in these regards and the social welfare systems in place in different Member States for tackling problems of inequality and deprivation.
2015 - 2015
The aim of this contract was to investigate existing datasets on social protection (including the ILO Social Security Inquiry, ESSPROS, the Social Security Administration’s Social Security Programs Throughout the World) with a view to develop a methodology to advance towards a consistent global database. The work implied mapping existing datasets, identifying major gaps in the data and setting up a framework to integrate them into the macroeconomic structure of the UN Global Policy Model (UN GPM).
2012 - 2016
The purpose of the contract is to provide support to the Commission on the Peer Review process which is aimed at improving policy in the areas of social protection and social inclusion. Applica is responsible for the communication strategy, for publications, summary reports and the website.
2014 - 2015
The objective of this pilot project is to develop a common methodology and examine the possibilities for developing cross-nationally comparable reference budgets in all EU Member States. The work is carried out with the support of national experts and stakeholders.
2014 - 2014
The aim of this project is to set up and run a set up and run a “data support centre” which will assist Managing Authorities in collecting, processing and storing ESF data and thereby improve the quality, reliability and comparability of data on ESF interventions.
2014 - 2018
The European Social Policy Network (ESPN) brings together the work previously done by the independent experts on social inclusion for the assessment of national social inclusion policies, the independent experts for the analytical support on social protection reforms and by the government experts on social protection systems (the Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection – MISSOC).
The ESPN will provide high quality and timely independent information, advice, analysis and expertise in monitoring progress towards the EU’s social (protection and inclusion) goals and will help the Commission to identify and stimulate debate and discussion on effective policy developments and innovative developments in Member States.
Applica is responsible for coordinating the work of the government experts on social protection systems (the Mutual Information Systems on Social Protection – MISSOC) and for communication activities (seminars, publications and online resources).
2013 - 2014
The report will adopt a wide-ranging view of the support available to young people in different parts of Europe and set out the different kinds of support that are provided, their level in terms of the income they provide, the extent to which they are conditional on certain circumstances, modes of behavior or the other income coming into the household.
2005 - 2012
Coordination of a European team of experts analysing trends in income distribution, poverty and deprivation across the EU.
2008 - 2009
The objective of the study is to develop indicators that enable the coverage of unemployment, maternity/paternity and sickness benefits in the EU to be monitored for people in flexible employment.
2006 - 2007
Production of briefing notes/reports and impact studies on forthcoming employment and social policy initiatives for the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament.
2007 - 2007
The objective of this project is to assist Eurostat in the preparation, collection and validation of the pilot data collection on net social protection benefits to be carried out in all Member States by the end of 2008 and the preparation of feasibility studies to improve the data.
2002 - 2003
The primary concern of this project, after collecting data on the demand and provision of childcare from all Member States, was to indicate the data which still need to be made available in order to assess the support available to those with children and the use they make of this. A parallel aim was to develop a methodology for data collection to ensure some degree of coherence and as much comparability as possible across countries.
1993 - 2001
Analysis, drafting and editing of the five biennial reports analysing trends and developments in social protection systems across Europe as well as overall management of production of the first four.