The contribution of systematic reviews to public policy design: from anecdote to evidence

Posted 17 Dec 2013 — by Ivàlua
Category Interview

Jordi received a PhD in Sociology from the Lancaster University (UK) and he also has an Advanced Studies Diploma in Social Psychology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Jordi is a Sociology graduate of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and he has participated in several research projects on social policies in the areas of health, the elderly, youth, new technologies and immigration. He has been a Lecturer/Consultant at the Open University of Catalonia where he has taught classes in sociology, social psychology and qualitative research methods. Since October 2009, he has worked as an analyst at Ivàlua. His lines of specialization at Ivàlua are the multi-method evaluation of projects and the use of qualitative techniques applied to the evaluation of public policies.

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 Scenario 1: Should babies sleep on their backs or face down?

Baby and Child Care was one of the best-selling books in the United States during the 1950s. The book, written by the paediatrician Benjamin Spock, was one of the first post-war manuals to deal with the rearing and education of children in the home in a straightforward manner. Spock told parents that they should trust their own instincts and knowledge while raising their children. It is no coincidence that the opening sentence of the book reads ‘Trust yourself. [Parents and mothers] you know more than you think you do’(Spock, 1946). 

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Rethinking Active Labour Market Policies in a time of crisis

Posted 30 May 2011 — by Ivàlua
Category Interview

A policy evaluation account. Interview with Jochen Kluve.

Jochen Kluve is Professor of Empirical Labor Economics at the School of Business and Economics, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and Head of the Berlin Office of RWI, a center for scientific research and evidence-based policy advice. Since 2009, he is a member of the advisory committee on active labour market policy evaluation projects at Ivalua.




In the midst of the economic crisis Catalonia has reached an unemployment rate of 20%, doubling the EU average, and pushing the debate on Active Labour Market Policy (ALMP) back to the top of the agenda. Moreover, the design of ALMP has recently been decentralized to Autonomous Communities, thus  opening a window for policy reform and innovation. What should be done? What is the evidence on what works in ALMPs?

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