Euroirse Project

Istituto Europeo per lo Sviluppo Socio Economico

Logo EUROIRSE
titolo_dx

  • 1 - Partner
  • 2 - Abstract
  • 4 - Activities
  • 5 - Results
  • 6 - Deliverables
  • 7 - Key Documents

Project Activities

 
Preparation: The preparation phase of the action consisted in the creation of the project partnership, management of the communication for the project submission in order to favour the agreement on the common theme of the project (division of tasks, activities, working methods, profile of participants, practical arrangements).

WP1 – Project Management

The coherent structured Project Management Scheme is required in light of the number of participants, the objectives and the tight time frame of the project. The project coordination scheme is designed to ensure effective and efficient management at the project level, achievement of work programme objectives within the stated time and resource limits, establishment of quantifiable and accurate measurement criteria of project progress, implementation of high-quality monitoring procedures and compliance with the reporting requirements outlined in the Contractual Agreement. Overall Project Management will be under the responsibility of the Main Applicant.  FELSA Lombardy has all the prerequisites for successfully managing of this project because of it large experience of managing several projects. The project consortium has agreed that the most effective method to keep the Project manageable is to allocate responsibility for self-contained work-subsets (WP and Tasks) in a clear and equitable fashion. The role of each partner is clearly defined and in line with their expertise and experience in a specialised field. The preferred method of communication is e-mail.
The project coordination will be divided in:

  • Scientific Coordination.
  • Administrative Coordination.

The scientific and financial management of the action will laid on the project main applicant, FELSA Lombardy, represented by Mr. Gianmarco Gilardoni but due to the complexity of the project and the high number of documentations and contact that will have to be done, the project will count on the help of ISES, represented by Ms. Dolores Forgione, regarding the administrative tasks, such as:

  • Support for the starting up of the Project.
    - Preparation of the Kick off meeting.
    - Contacts with the partners and elaboration of working materials.
    - Support during the meeting development.


  • Elaboration of a guide for partners, containing the internal procedures regarding the project development and procedures for the management quality controls.
  • Support for the following up and management of the project:
    - Help desk for the partners.
    - Support to the WP leaders regarding coordination issues.


  • Support for the general administrative issues:
    - Supervision of the received invoices and evidences.
    - Contacts and follow ups of the partners during the document requesting periods.
    - Filling in of forms…
    - Support during the elaboration of the final report and other documents.


FELSA Lombardy will organise the project kick-off meeting in Milan (IT) at the very beginning of the project lifetime. In that occasion, the partners will have the possibility to meet in person, discuss about the project work plan and strategies and define the methodology to carry out the study and to organise the international conference in Rome (IT).

WP2 – Dissemination activities

The project dissemination actions will begin early in the project’s lifecycle and will follow two lines. On the one hand, concrete meetings will take place. In particular, the first dissemination activity will be the organization of a kick-off meeting in Milan (IT), then, the Project Manager and the Financial Manager will attend the networking day in Brussels organized by the Commission to meet other projects managers and to share knowledge and information and the last activity will be the international conference in Rome (IT) that will see the participation of the project partners and other relevant stakeholders (also from non participating countries) as local institutions, trade unions, national NGOs, Research institutes and individual experts, media and business representatives.
On the other hand, there will be a traditional approach of setting up an Internet presence. Thanks to these activities, the project partners will be able to transfer the project results to the identified stakeholders and to a wider audience by adapting the methodology of the local actors working in the field tackled by the project; sharing the know-how of the most experienced partners and creating a multiplier effect of the evidence base methods.
Moreover, a Dissemination Plan will be elaborated explaining how the project plans to share outcomes with stakeholders, relevant institutions and organizations. The dissemination plan will illustrate what will be disseminated (key message), to whom (audience), why (purpose) how (method) and when (timing).
The plan will aim to:
•    let local population know of the existence of the project and its objectives.
•    inform other groups and organisations of the objectives and achievements of the project.
•    to influence policy development in relevant areas.
Finally, thanks to the publication of the study about the identification and analysis of the best practice of the industrial relations of self-employed in Europe other actors will be aware of the project. In other words, starting from the information collected in the study, other associations and decision making working in the project fields, will be able to apply the project methodology and results also in other contexts.
Aiming at the full exploitation of all the possible directions for dissemination, project partners will finally explore the possibility to join events at national, European and international level focused on the project theme domain.

WP3 - Evaluation

The evaluation process of the project will be divided into internal and external. Internally, the evaluation will consist in a follow-up at the end of each activity, with record-filing systems, to analyse the execution of the project comparing the plan to the practice. The objectives, results and expected activities will be analysed. At the end of the project, a final external evaluation shall be performed to analyse, in order of priority, the effectiveness, relevance, impact, added value in the European context, sustainability and transferability of the results to other environments and spaces. Externally, on the one hand, the partners will assess an evaluation questionnaire to verify the degree of participation, involvement and satisfaction of the international conference participants. On the other hand, at the beginning of the project implementation, the partners will develop a counterparts/stakeholders participation matrix in order to evaluate their effective involvement.
The matrix will give an overview of:

  • The different stakeholders, their interests and their importance and influence;
  • The interests of the stakeholders to the project;
  • The effect that the project will have on the interests of the stakeholders;
  • Information about the importance of the stakeholders for the success of the project;
  • Information about the influence of the stakeholder over the project.

The project targets will be measured by means of the following indicators:
1) Number of participants from non participating countries in the project international conference.
2) Number of hits on the project website.
3) Number of requests of information.

The monitoring of the phasing of the project will be proactive, in fact, control activities provide an opportunity for the organisational board to take the initiative in planning against deviations, to head off forces that might cause a deviation, to make correction very quickly when a deviation occurs.
The project work plan will be used as the primary guide for coordinating and controlling the project. In fact, the Project Leader (PL) must compare time, costs and performance of the project to the budget, schedule, and tasks defined in the approved project plan.
All the project progress and changes will be communicate  to the whole organisational board of the project members in order to let them express their opinions. To better communicate the progress of the project, every three months, the PL will organise on line meetings (skype/audio conferences) in order to inform them and ask their comments.


WP4 - Study about the identification and analysis of the best practice of the industrial relations of self-employed in Europe
The Study about the local contexts will be carried out to:

  • collect, develop and disseminate data with an economic approach to  the statistics on self-employed work over the total work with the statistics on employment in SME over the total employment in the participating countries.
  • investigate if the economic reality of employers and employees are getting closer to each other than they are to the rest of the economic actors reflected at a representation level.

This activity will be based on the study of the fundamental data, information and statistics in each country concerning the industrial relations of self-employed in Europe in order to identify the general framework of the topics taken into consideration, to allow a mapping of this issue in Europe and to contribute to the European debate.
In particular, this report aims to present information on:

  • recent trends in self-employment;
  • the institutional framework applying to self-employment;
  • collective representation of self-employment;
  • the impact of SME in the economy;
  • the best practices of leadership in the representation of self-employed work.


The study will be executed in the following steps:

1) Developing a search strategy: defining the topics and compiling a list of keywords.
2) Identifying Resources: e.g. assessment of existing secondary data from international agencies and organizations.
3) Developing a search plan: one approach is to look for resources that are currently accepted reference texts in our research area and find out who has cited them in recent years. Another approach is to look for reports, scientific papers, or theses written by known experts and see who has cited them in recent years.
4) Data and information evaluation: consideration will be given to:
Provenance: What are the author's credentials? Are the author's arguments supported by evidence (e.g. primary historical material, case studies, narratives, statistics, recent scientific findings)?
Objectivity: Is the author's perspective even-handed or prejudicial? Is contrary data considered or is certain pertinent information ignored to prove the author's point?
Persuasiveness: Which of the author's theses are most/least convincing?
Value: Are the author's arguments and conclusions convincing? Does the work ultimately contribute in any significant way to an understanding of the subject?
In order to assess validity of information gathering.
5) Synthesizing Information. We will organise the literature review as follows:
- Introduction: define the topic, together with the reason for selecting the topic.
- Body: this is where you discuss the sources. Here are some ways in which you could organize your discussion:
- chronologically: for example, if writers' views have tended to change over time. There is little point in doing the review by order of publication unless this shows a clear trend;
- methodologically: here, the focus is on the methods of the researcher, for example, qualitative versus quantitative approaches.

Conclusion: summarize the major contributions, evaluating the current position, and pointing out flaws in methodology, gaps in the research, contradictions, and areas for further study.

We will use the following criteria to perform our literature review:
- All the partners languages and English.
- National, regional and local geographical level.

Develop and disseminate common methodologies and indicators to define which are the best practice in the project participating countries.
The project partners will define common criteria and indicators that best classify, if there are, what are the instances of representation of self-employed work that show a positive self-perception and political influence beyond the interests of the individual category and if there are glimpses of work ethic, social responsibility, accountability of work, social utility of work, modernisation of the labour market, quality of work, flexicurity, skills, youth employment, sense of objective and result and sense of responsibility. The analysis of the local contexts and the identification of the best practices will act as common ground to prepare the international conference issues and debates.

WP5 – International conference to exchange and transfer the best practices
a) Organisation of an international conference in Rome (Italy) to present the study results and to share experiences and best practices and involve counterparts, stakeholders and other EU countries. The conference will give the floor to discuss the issues tackled by the project. The conference will see the participation of relevant counterparts at EU level as the European Coalition of Corporate Justice (ECCJ) that promotes corporate accountability (CA) by bringing together national platforms of civil society organizations (CSOs) including NGOs, trade unions, consumer advocacy groups and academic institutions from all over Europe. ECCJ represents over 250 CSOs present in 15 European countries.  However, many other relevant actors will be identified in the course of the project implementation that will be able to participate in the conference. They will be selected by the project partners according to their relevance at national level in the field of industrial relations and social dialogue. The participation of counterparts/stakeholders of non participating countries will be helpful for the project evaluation because these subjects will act as external evaluators for the project results achievements.
The international conference will represent an arena where all the participants will be able to confront each other but in addition, they will able to exchange their opinions.
b) Organisation of work
The project has been elaborated according to the huge experience in the area of all the partners involved. Many of the project partners have already worked together in the fields promoted by Progress programme. The members have the necessary expertise in the project issues, as the management of the activities they are meant to coordinate, but also they have the ability and knowledge of each other to collaborate in a positive way and in a good synergy to achieve the project results. Each partner will participate in all the project phases and activities. This will lead to:

  • on the one side, the local experiences of the partners will be useful for the whole partnership to realise a more detailed study, to identify the best practices at EU level and to organise a wide scope extensive international conference;
  • on the other side, the identified best practises, thanks also to the exchange of experiences, will improve the local skills and expertise of the partners.

All the partners will be always in contact via remote communication (e-mail, skype) systems  to share information and opinions but also doubts and suggestions for a better project implementation. The Project Leader will coordinate the communications but each partner will be free to communicate with each other in any moment. therefore, we expect that these procedures will lead to a successful management of the partnership. However, risks of partner poor commitment on delivering their own tasks could occur. Therefore, the Project Leader will supervise and monitor the work of the project partners in order to make them respect the project agenda.  Finally, the budget break-down has been made according to the requests of each partner and it will be balanced.

Work Package Leader
1.    Project Management: FELSA CISL Lombardy
2.    Dissemination activities: ISES
3.    Evaluation:  KN CF
4.    Study about the identification and analysis of the best practice of the industrial relations of self-employed in Europe: ALFA SCARL
5.    International conference to exchange and transfer the best: FELSA CISL Lombard



Time-table of planned activities

Provisional Dates & Location    Description of activities   
Results & Products   
Person or organisation responsible

M1 – M12
All the participating
countries

Project management   
Final reports
Reports about the meetings FELSA CISL Lombardy
M2 – M12
All the participating
countries
Dissemination    
Project website
Press releases
Material to advertise the conference (leaflets, brochures, folders, invitations)

ISES

M2 – M12
All the participating
countries 

Evaluation Evaluation report KN CF

M2 – M8
All the participating
countries

Study about the identification and analysis of the best practice of the industrial relations of self-employed in Europe Study 
ALFA SCARL

M7 – M12
Italy

International conference to exchange and transfer the best practices
Report about the final conference FELSA CISL Lombardy
Provisional Dates & Location    Description of activities    Results & Products    Person or organisation responsible
M1 – M12
All the participating
countries    Project management    -Final reports
-Reports about the meetings    FELSA CISL Lombardy
M2 – M12
All the participating
countries    Dissemination     -Project website
-Press releases
-Material to advertise the conference (leaflets, brochures, folders, invitations)    ISES
M2 – M12
All the participating
countries    Evaluation     -Evaluation report
     KN CF
M2 – M8
All the participating
countries    Study about the identification and analysis of the best practice of the industrial relations of self-employed in Europe    -Study     ALFA SCARL
M7 – M12
Italy    International conference to exchange and transfer the best practices    -Report about the final conference    FELSA CISL Lombardy

This project has been funded with the financial support of the Industrial Relations and Social Dialogue Programme of the European Union - Directorate-Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.