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CSIL is organising a special session at the 2020 RSA Annual Conference, together with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The session aims to move one step forward in addressing the role of evaluation ‘in’ and ‘for’ the EU Cohesion Policy and, in general, for urban and regional policies in the European context.
We welcome empirical and conceptual papers showing the influences of policy evaluation on decision-making, both in case of success or failure.
As a partner of the European observatory for clusters and industrial change, CSIL prepared the European Cluster and Industrial Transformation Trends Report, just published by the European Commission.
What issues are critical for the future role of evaluation in Cohesion Policy? Express your views completing our survey, it will take less than 5 minutes. The consultation is part of ongoing research for the European Parliament.
CSIL is part of the Consortium that provided customised advice on cluster policy in support of industrial modernisation to ten regions in industrial transition, in the framework of the European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change (EOCIC). CSIL experts worked with Piemonte (Italy) and Centre Val de Loire (France) Regions. The policy briefing reports are now available online, along with a Summary Report on lessons learnt.
CSIL presents a study on the challenges of a future-oriented EU industrial strategy at the European Parliament
Julie Pellegrin was invited by the ITRE Committee to present the study on "How to tackle challenges in a future-oriented EU industrial strategy?" at the European Parliament.
The presentation's recording is available on the European Parliament's website, translated in all the languages of the Union.
The 'Guidelines on Cost Estimation of Research Infrastructures', developed by CSIL experts in the framework of the StR-ESFRI project, are now available. The publication aims to provide a conceptual and methodological tool for cost estimation of Research Infrastructures (RIs) included (or willing to be) in the ESFRI Roadmap.
CSIL experts authored a new publication featuring 12 good practices and providing guidance on how to deliver targeted support to entrepreneurship through clusters. The Smart Guide is one of the tools of the European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change (EOCIC).
The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis has announced its first European Conference. The SBCA European Conference will be held on 26-27 November 2019, at the Toulouse School of Economics.
On July 1-3 the GEOValue Community organised at ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) a workshop aimed at advancing the understanding and measurement of the societal benefits of Earth Observations.
The RI-PATHS team has concluded a highly interactive and participatory phase of the project which was dedicated to sourcing input from the Research Infrastructure community on key building blocks for developing a comprehensive framework on socio-economic impact.
CSIL authored a study, requested by the ITRE committee of the European Parliament, looking at how the goals for a renewed EU Industrial Policy Strategy could be achieved in short to medium term, with a focus on current and expected challenges for the EU industry in the current political context.
What are European policymakers doing to support clusters? What are the objectives of cluster policies? How does the European cluster policy landscape compare with the US, China and Canada? CSIL contributed to a new publication that answers these and many other cluster policy-related questions.
On 14-16 May, the European Commission’s DG GROW and the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, with the European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change and the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, are organising the 2019 EUROPEAN CLUSTER CONFERENCE in Bucharest.
As the RI-PATHS project enters its second year of activity, partners have explored several methodological tools and methods to improve the evaluation of the socio- economic impact of research infrastructures (RIs).
CSIL experts authored an essay for the European Investment Bank titled "Bologna. A Sustainable Culture". The article provides an overview of the development of the Bologna metropolitan region in recent decades.
RI-PATHS project team kindly invites the RI community to express interest in joining the second round of participatory workshops on socio-economic impact assessment.
A team of researchers led by Massimo Florio has contributed to the Future Circular Collider Study at CERN, potentially the most ambitious project in fundamental physics to date, with a total investment of approximately 24 billion euros throughout the various phases.
Partners of the RI-PATHS project are holding participatory workshops to involve research infrastructure stakeholder community to take part in the refinement and substantiation of the socio-economic impact assessment model.
In Thessaloniki, CSIL’s researchers attended the 13th Conference of the European Evaluation Society, themed on "Evaluation for more resilient societies".
CSIL experts authored a research for the European Parliament on Digital Agenda and Cohesion Policy. The publication provides a critical analysis of the contribution of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) to the Digital Agenda for Europe and the Digital Single Market (DAE/DSM). The study is available on the European Parliament's website.
CSIL experts contributed to the book "Teaching Benefit-Cost Analysis" by Scott Farrow (Elgar, 2018), published today.
CSIL researchers met to share experiences and ideas gathered from previous studies and technical assistance projects for different European and international organisations.
In the framework of the project EOCIC (European Observatory for Clusters and Industrial Change), CSIL organised two focus groups in Turin to talk about the role of clusters as drivers of Piedmont's industrial modernisation.
"Evaluating business support measures: The Bayesian Network approach", new article published by CSIL researcher
CSIL experts authored a new article on Bayesian Network Analysis, which was published on SAGE journal Evaluation. The study addresses a new approach to evaluate business support measures.
CSIL attended the Bulgarian Presidency Flagship Conference on Research Infrastructures in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 22 and 23 March.
CSIL attended the Fifth Workshop on Global Value Chains, held in Rome on 22-23 March 2018.
CSIL participated in the 10th Annual Conference and Meeting of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA), held at the George Washington University from 14-16 of March.
Invited by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Kiev, CSIL experts presented a proposal for a strategy and road map for the development of the Ukrainian furniture industry.
CSIL researchers joined the EU Industry Day, organised by the European Commission DG GROW to discuss the future of European Industry.
CSIL contributed to a recently published evaluation that assesses the extent to which EIB intermediated lending through the IF has contributed to improving access to finance and strengthening local financial sectors in ACP countries.
CSIL experts contributed to an EU methodology workshop on clusters and industrial transformation mapping
CSIL experts participated in the methodology validation workshop organised by the European Observatory for Clusters & Industrial Change (EOCIC), contributing to a discussion on clusters, industrial change, innovation, entrepreneurship and regional economics.
CSIL experts contributed to the forthcoming book “Maritime Mobilities” (Routledge, 2018), focusing on the maritime freight transport sector. The volume is a key resource for those interested in industrial economics, shipping industries and transport geography. CSIL experts’ contribution explores the conditions under which benefits of transhipment port may flow to the region or country hosting them, describing the story of the Port of Gioia Tauro in Southern Italy.
Read more about the book and CSIL contribution.
CSIL experts authored a study for the European Parliament describing how Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have been used in the context of Cohesion Policy. The publication looks at the reasons for pursuing such an approach, the variety of implementation agreements and the expected outcomes.
The study, presented during the meeting of the Committee on Regional Development, is available on the European Parliament website.
Last September CSIL organized a workshop on CBA applications in decision-making, in cooperation with the University of Milan and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. Participants joined the workshop from over 25 countries, representing 90 institutions.
Assessing the economic impact of large-scale research infrastructure: CSIL contribution to FCC study
CSIL is contributing to a research aimed at evaluating social costs and benefits of the next “Future Circular Collider”. Specifically, the study focuses on the economic benefit arising from the technological procurement activity of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Preliminary results were presented by CSIL experts during the Annual Meeting of the Future Circular Collider Study, held in May in Berlin.
CSIL has recently contributed to a publication - from the Polish Agency for Enterpise Development - devoted to the theory and practice of evaluation of public interventions. The paper authored by CSIL experts focuses on testing intervention theory by using a Bayesian Network Analysis. Evidence from a pilot exercise on SMEs support is provided.
What is the value to a firm of being involved in the construction of CERN accelerators? CSIL experts are currently collaborating with the University of Milan and CERN to answer this question. Preliminary results of this study have been presented in Berlin, during the FCC week (May 29 - June 2, 2017).
The Guide on Cost-Benefit Analysis adopted by the Europen Commission, DG Regional Policy in 2014 is now available in Italian. CSIL experts supervised the preparation of this version and contributed with a new chapter on cost-benefit analysis in the culture sector.
CSIL experts have contributed to the e-book recently published by the Regional Studies Association - Dotti, N.F., (ed.), 2016. Learning from implementation and evaluation of the EU Cohesion Policy: Lessons from a research-policy dialogue - by authoring the paper "Supporting SMEs innovation and growth: lessons learned from a theory-based impact evaluation".
CSIL was invited to join the workshop on the EU R&I in Support of the Earth Observation Market held in Brussels on 21-22 September 2016. CSIL expert - Laura Del Ponte - contributed with a discussion on public policy instruments for promoting the uptake of eo technologies in european markets.
CSIL experts - Florio M., Sirtori, E. and Vignetti, S. - joined the 12th EES Biennial Conference "Evaluation Futures in Europe and beyond. Connectivity, Innovation and Use", held in Maastricht on September 26th - 30th, 2016.
CSIL expert - Laura del Ponte - was invited to join the meeting of the Commitee on Development of the European Parliament, held in Brussels on August 31st, 2016. During the meeting, Laura was asked to presented the final results of the STOA Panel project "ICT in developing world".
CSIL has been awarded for its best evaluation proposal - The ex-post evaluation of Major Projects financed in the Research, Development and Innovation Sector in the 2007-20013 programming period - by the Directorates-General for Regional and Urban Policy and Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission. The proposal was presented at the 7th European Evaluation Conference "The result orientation: Cohesion Policy at work", held in Sofia on 16-17 June 2016.
CSIL expert - Laura Delponte (Partner of CSIL) and Marco Gianinetto (Milan Politecnico) - were invited to present the findings of the study on the European space market uptake, which was commissioned by the ITRE Committee of the European Parliament.
Laura Delponte (Partner of CSIL) joined the annual European conference of the Regional Study Association held in Graz from 3rd to 6th April. She presented a case study of the Rhone-Alpes region that was drawn from the Ex post evaluation of Cohesion Policy programmes 2007-2013, Work Package nine: Culture and Tourism. The presentation focused on the rationale for using ERDF fund to support culture and tourism.
Massimo Florio has been invited as key note speaker to the second Annual Meeting of the Future Circular Collider study, organised from 11-15 April 2016 in Rome as well as to the public event with CERN director general Fabiola Gianotti. He has presented the cost-benefit analysis model for the LHC and discussed the possible development of this model to take into account the impact of a potential Future Circular Collider.
Results of the ex-post evaluation of the ERDF support to SME innovation and development are now available
CSIL has concluded the ex-post assessment of the effectiveness and overall impact of the ERDF in supporting SME innovation and development throughout the European Union over the 2007-2013 programming period. Results of this ex-post evaluation are now available on DG Regio website.
The meeting was held on 8 March 2016 in Luxembourg and was attended by representatives from 17 European universities and networks. CSIL experts were invited to present the final results of the three-year research project "Cost/Benefit Analysis in the Research, Development and Innovation Sector" supported by the EIBURS grant of the European Investment Bank Institute.
CSIL experts have authored a new paper on the "Willingness to Pay for Basic Research: A Contingent Valuation Experiment on the Large Hadron Collider". The paper provides, for the first time, an empirical estimation of the willingness to pay for discoveries in basic research by the general public. It focus on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the largest particle accelerator worldwide, where in 2012 the Higgs boson was discovered.
The paper “Exploring Cost-Benefit Analysis of Research, Development and Innovation Infrastructures: An Evaluation Framework” authored by Florio, Forte, Pancotti, Sirtori, and Vignetti is now available. It presents the results and the lessons learned on how to apply ex-ante CBA for major RDI infrastructures gathered during a three-year research project supported by a EIBURS grant of the European Invest-ment Bank Institute.
Workshop on exploring the application of Cost-Benefit analysis to Research Infrastructures and major RDI projects
The objective of the workshop was to present and discuss with experts the methodology developed in the framework of the research project "Cost/Benefit Analysis in the Research, Development and Innovation Sector" financed by the European Investment Bank Institute (EIB Institute) in the frame of its EIB University Research Sponsorship Programme (EIBURS).
Massimo Florio (Honorary President of CSIL's Scientific Committee) was invited to join the OECD Global Science Forum Worskshop on "Methodologies and Tools for assessing Socio-Economic Impact of Research Infrastructures" held on November 3th, 2015 in Paris.
CSIL experts were invited to join the STOA Panel Meeting on Science and Technology Options Assessment held in Strasbourg on October, 29th 2015. They presented the final results of the STOA Panel project "ICT in developing world".
CSIL, in consortium with DevStat - Servicios de Consultoría Estadística S.L (Spain) and Panteia (NL), will support EUROSTAT in carrying out an analysis of the cost-benefit and administrative burden reduction potential of options for re-design of Intrastat.
The objective of the study is to shed light on the potential applicability of data acquired from the EU satellite system in both the public and private sector, but especially on the reasons why such potential still remains largely underutilized.
The outcome of this study is to feed into the debate currently taking place in the context of the work carried out by the high level advisory group “Innovation for Growth” set up by the European Commission in support of the Innovation Union objectives and the completion of the European Research Area.
On July 2nd 2015, Davide Sartori and Massimo Florio were invited as speakers at the launch event of the updated Cost-Benefit Analysis Guide adopted by the European Commission for the 2014-2020 programming period.
Massimo Florio presented “Cost-Benefit Analysis of the LHC to 2025 and beyond: Was it Worth it?” at CERN Colloquium.The presentation took place on 11th June 2015 from to
The updated Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects for Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 is available on INFOREGIO website. The Guide has been prepared by the Commission with the support of CSIL experts and JASPER.
CSIL has organized a seminar on cost-benefit analysis of railway investments for PKP POLSKIE LINIE KOLEJOWE S.A. It focused on the rail investment sector, while discussing the new orientations of the Cohesion Policy 2014-2020.
CSIL thanks to its cooperation with ARCHE’ can now offer its clients assistance in the areas of mergers & acquisitions; appraisals of businesses, assets and corporations; business reorganisation processes; fund raising projects
CSIL was invited to join the workshop on "a place-based approach for areas far away from basic services", jointly organised by the Commission and the Italian presidency of the Council. CSIL presented evidence collected within the framework of a recent study.
CSIL is contributing to the comprehensive programme of ex post evaluations of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) interventions financed over the 2007-2013 programming period.
CSIL experts, in partnership with Economisti Associati and CASE, have been awarded a contract by the European Parliament for a study on ‘EU industrial policy: Assessment of recent developments and recommendations for future policies’.
CSIL experts joined the XIII Milan European Economy Workshop organised by the University of Milan on June 12 and 13, 2014. The workshop discussed the preliminary results of the project “Cost/benefit Analysis in the Research, Development and Innovation Sector”, funded by the European Investment Bank Institute.
The European Commission, Directorate-General Regional and Urban Policy, has awarded CSIL - in association with T33 - for a service contract to determine flat-rate revenue percentages for the sectors or subsectors within the fields of ICT, research, development and innovation and energy efficiency to apply to net revenue generating operations co-financed by the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) in 2014-2020.
CSIL experts visited the CERN in March 2014 for carrying out a second round of interviews with selected stakeholders related to the Large Hydron Collider (LHC).
The European Commission has selected CSIL in order to realise a study on ‘Territorial Agenda 2020 put in practice – enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of Cohesion Policy by a place-based approach’.
The World Furniture Outlook 2014 Seminar organized by CSIL will take place in Milan on April 10th, during the 53rd Milan International Furniture Fair iSaloni.
Applied Welfare Economics book now available - CSIL's contribution to recent Routledge's publication
CSIL experts contributed to the recent publication Applied Welfare Economics: Cost-Benefit Analysis of Projects and Policies authored by Massimo Florio and published by Routledge
Which are the most interesting cities of the future for companies serving the furniture and furnishing market? CSIL tried to answer to this question with a new research titled 150 smart&fast cities: forecasting furniture demand to 2020
CSIL experts are currently updating the Guide to Cost Benefit Analysis of EU Investment Projects, on behalf of the European Commission, Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy.
CSIL experts visited the National Hadrontherapy Centre for Cancer Treatment (CNAO) in Pavia (IT), which is one of the two case studies been selected in the framework of the research project "CBA in the Research, Development and Innovation Sector".
Since 1983 the Forecast Seminar for the Furnishing Markets in Italy and Worldwide has been CSIL's traditional end-of-the-year meeting for leading sector players and operators, representatives of institutions and trade associations, press, economists and researchers and also a not-to-be-missed opportunity to analyse trends and projects for the furniture sector in Italy and in the global market, with selected testimonials discussing on the breaking focus themes.
In April 2014 CSIL, Milan and BGI, Vilnius, will complete the development of a cost-benefit analysis methodology to assess the social-economic impact of public investment projects
On October 2013 CSIL has been awarded a consultancy service by the World Bank aimed at promoting the adoption of Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for evaluating public investments projects and improve investment decision making in Ghana
On 23th-25th September 2013, CSIL experts visited the CERN to carry out a number of interviews related to the Large Hydron Collider, the case study selected in the framework of the research project Cost Benefit Analysis financed by the European Investment Bank.
CSIL has recently supported Eurostat in carrying out the ex-post evaluation of the effectiveness of the Community Statistical Programme 2008-2012. Evaluation activities were carried out in close partnership with the B1 Unit "Quality; methodology and research" at Eurostat.
CSIL experts joined the 53rd European Regional Science Association congress held in Palermo on 27th-31st August 2013.
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