Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale is a research centre focused on the study and impact of public policies and one of the leading institutes in Italy in the monitoring and evaluation of the effects of European Structural Funds at local and national levels and in the application of Gender Impact Assessment methodologies for the evaluation of the European Operational Programmes.

    IRS has longstanding experience in comparative analysis of the evolution of Labour Markets with special focus on Labour Market Regulation Systems, Employment Services and ALMP, new forms of employment, gender issues. IRS also specialises in monitoring and evaluation of Labour Policies, analysis of medium-term forecasts of professional needs and employment by occupations, studies of the evolution of training systems and employment services. Integration among training systems and between training and labour is one of IRS’s specific interest fields.

    IRS works on research, design, monitoring and evaluation of initiatives the field of welfare and public and private healthcare services – including community centres, residential and/or home care-giving – on different governmental levels (national, regional local). In this capacity IRS participated in the design and management of numerous  projects relevant to the theme of care-giving within the framework of the EQUAL programme (1st and 2nd Round) and other European and national initiatives and on behalf of numerous public authorities. IRS can count on wide knowledge of the home care domain in its whole and in its specific activity areas as well as consolidated experience in the field and recognised presence in the ongoing institutional debate on relevant issues.

    Daniela Oliva Master’s Degree in Sociology, University “La Sapienza”, Rome. She is the director of IRS Vocational Training and Labour Policy Department and, since 2010, the President of IRS. She works on the evaluation of European Union programmes (ex-ante, on going, ex-post and independent evaluation), on the analysis of training demand, on the strategic reorganization of training and education services, on vocational training design.

    Francesca Di Concetto Master’s Degree in Languages at Genoa University. She has been working since 1996 as a project manager in EU-funded programmes such as RECITE, ESF Art. 6, LEONARDO DA VINCI, JOINT ACTIONS SOCRATES-LEONARDO-YOUTH, EQUAL, LLP. Fields of expertise: equal opportunities, gender equality, migration, social inclusion, self-employment – with special focus on female and youth self-employment.

    Nicola Orlando Economist, Master’s Degree in Economics at the “Catholic University” of Milan. He has attended the Master in Public Economics at the Catholic University of Milan. He is researcher at the IRS Labour Market Analyses Department and Vocational Training and Labour Policy Department. He also collaborates with the Institute of Economy and Labour at the Catholic University of Milan. His research activity refers to monitoring and evaluation of Public Employment Services and Employment Services for disabled people. He is also expert in local and national labour markets analysis.


    Official contact person for the project: 

    Francesca Di Concetto Project Manager