Capacity Building Workshop in Spain - summary

Capacity Building Workshop in Spain - summary

Summary of the workshop on the evaluation of active labour market policies available in Spain for the unemployed youth.

On the 24th of March, Fedea, a partner of the Youth Employment PartnerSHIP project, hosted a webinar focused on the presentation and discussion of the results of the evaluation studies.

The event was attended by 15 researchers: members of Redev (Spanish Evaluation Network for Good Practices) and experts in public policies evaluation from different institutions (Ivie, Ksnet, Afi, University of the Basque Country, Iseak Foundation, The World Bank and the European University Institute of Florence).

Lucía Gorjón (Fedea) and Ainhoa Vega (University of the Basque Country) presented the main results of the studies. After the presentation, invited researchers shared their conclusions and comments. Some of them stated that the Spanish active labour market policies have proved to be ineffective and, in some cases, even counterproductive in promoting job stability for young people. It should be necessary to include young people in the process of developing new labour market policies development and, first of all, these policies should be based on consistent empirical analysis.

The presented results were received with great interest by the participants. The discussion soon turned into an intense debate, given the importance of the youth unemployment problem - a crucial issue in Spain and Europe and one of the main concerns of the EEA Grants projects.