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Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
Evidence Strategy 
The Danish approach 
Ministry of Employment 
By Simon ...
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
The Danish TEAM 
Ministry of Employment 
20. oktober 2014
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
Why evidence strategy 
• Danish politicians are increasingly 
interested ...
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
Ministry of Employment 
Focus-points 
In general we have focus on: 
• Cau...
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
Our Evidence Hieracy 
Systematical use of terms regarding evidence, indic...
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
The Danish evidence strategy 
Based on 3 pillars: 
1. Collect existing ev...
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
1. Collecting existing evidence 
• We finance researchers to collect exis...
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
2. Innovate new evidence 
• We innovate to learn about effects of existin...
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
3. Communication/dissemination 
– Conferences on what works 
– Monthly ne...
Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 
Knowledge Bank: Jobeffekter.dk 
• The database shows the effects of activ...
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Evidence Strategy The Danish approach - Simon Lamech

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This seminar will focus on how countries can establish a policy framework to enable effective local action using an evidence-based approach, choosing between different measures when resources are scarce. The latest evidence from OECD countries on ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’ will be considered, with participants sharing their own experiences from their perspectives as policy makers, researchers, practitioners and social entrepreneurs.

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Evidence Strategy The Danish approach - Simon Lamech

  1. 1. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment Evidence Strategy The Danish approach Ministry of Employment By Simon Lamech 20. oktober 2014
  2. 2. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment The Danish TEAM Ministry of Employment 20. oktober 2014
  3. 3. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment Why evidence strategy • Danish politicians are increasingly interested in the effects of active labour market policies. • The Danish evidence strategy is a framework for us to work systematically to build up evidence about effects of ALMP. Ministry of Employment 20. oktober 2014
  4. 4. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment Ministry of Employment Focus-points In general we have focus on: • Causal correlations between active measure and outcome. Outcome goals are job and education. Average effects. For vulnerable groups of public benefit recipients we also focus on: • Statistical correlation between progression-factor and outcome. For example better self reported health and getting a job is correlated. • Causal correlation between active measure and progression factor. For example: mentoring leads to better self reported health. 20. oktober 2014
  5. 5. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment Our Evidence Hieracy Systematical use of terms regarding evidence, indication , no knowledge. Level of evidence Detailed level of evidence Criteria Evidence Strong evidence An overweight of three or more studies with Weighed by quality, type of analysis, geography distance from DK, production year, published or not. The weighting is done by researchers. Then aggregate to find overweight Ministry of Employment 20. oktober 2014 high quality and / or a research-based review shows results that go in the same direction Moderate evidence An overweight of two studies of high quality shows results that go in the same direction Indication Indication An overweight of one study of high quality or more studies with limited quality show results in the same direction No Knowledge Conflicting knowledge Studies show results that go in different directions. No overweight. Uncertain knowledge No or few studies with limited quality show results. No overweight.
  6. 6. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment The Danish evidence strategy Based on 3 pillars: 1. Collect existing evidence 2. Innovate new evidence 3. Communicate/disseminate the results Ministry of Employment 20. oktober 2014
  7. 7. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 1. Collecting existing evidence • We finance researchers to collect existing effect studies Ministry of Employment (Danish and international studies). • A literature review sums up the effects studies found for a specific program/active measure and conclude the overall effect. • Each of the effect studies are entered into our knowledge bank. 20. oktober 2014
  8. 8. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 2. Innovate new evidence • We innovate to learn about effects of existing and new programs/active measures in a Danish context. • Pilot projects. We define the overall framework of the treatment and municipalities specify the detailed content of the treatment and the organization. We learn from the various ways of doing the treatment and try to estimate the effects. • Randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Golden standard in measuring effects.The treatment is described in more detail. Municipalities have to follow the protocol. Ministry of Employment 20. oktober 2014
  9. 9. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment 3. Communication/dissemination – Conferences on what works – Monthly news letter (www.samspil.org). – Homepage (www.star.dk/da/tal-og-analyser) – Knowledge bank (www.jobeffekter.dk) Ministry of Employment 20. oktober 2014
  10. 10. Danish Agency for Labour Market and Recruitment Knowledge Bank: Jobeffekter.dk • The database shows the effects of active measures for different target groups. • Open for all since June 2013, contains approx. 150 studies for unemployment benefit recipients. • Will be opened for vulnerable groups later. Ministry of Employment 20. oktober 2014

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