Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Workshop: Understanding and Measuring Unemployment and Exclusion from the Labour Market (Paris, France)


Workshop organised by the OECD LEED Programme

in co-operation with Région Ile-de-France

within the
Framework for Information Exchange in Local Development project (FIELD)



Region Ile-de-France, 142 rue du Bac, Paris (France)


21 June 2010


BackgroundThe Seminar / Who / Material / Contact



The OECD Framework for Information Exchange in Local Development Project - FIELD supports local development organisations in strengthening their information systems. It provides guidance on data collection, analysis and use in policy making, customised to conditions in each participating area.

The project helps policy makers to build evidence on: What makes your local economy work? What drives it forward, what holds it back? Where and how policy should intervene? Is policy bringing results?

The project addresses the need faced by many local policy makers to determine in the vast amounts of national and local data and information, some core indicators that can help link data to local drivers of growth and link policy to drivers.

In 2010 four thematic seminars are being organised. A selected group of international experts and practitioners from partner localities will review the existing data and identify sets of indicators that can be used by local development organisations to better measure performance and policy impacts in the following fields:

1. Measuring skills and human capital in local economies (12 March 2010);

2. Understanding and measuring unemployment and exclusion from the labour market (21 June 2010);

3. Fostering entrepreneurship culture, start-ups and self-employment (27 September 2010);

4. Local development policy delivery arrangements (4 November 2010).

The objective of these seminars is to produce a set of Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) indicators and provide practical guidance to local policy makers on how to build information systems allowing to monitor local economic performance, identify policy need and measure policy impacts. The results of this work will be presented in a manual to be issued in 2011.


The Seminar

Objective: to review the innovative tools and methods used, as part of local information systems, by local development organisations to: i) measure the factors that impact on unemployment and exclusion; ii) identify policy needs, shape policies and programmes that can best address these needs, and; iii) understand if policies are bringing results.

Session 1


Understanding and measuring factors that influence unemployment and exclusion

Session 2


Unemployment and exclusion indicators

Session 3


From data to delivery: views from the regions

Session 4


Evaluating policy outcomes



Participation was limited to local development policy makers and practitioners with proven experience in the field of social inclusion and labour market policy, academics and OECD Secretariat (20-25 participants).



   Download the agenda (agenda and FR version).

   Presentations and background materials

Session 2


Unemployment and exclusion indicators

Defining indicators and developing dashboards: South West Sydney regional innovation dashboard
by Cristina Martinez-Fernandez, OECD LEED Programme

Further reading: Innovation at the edges: the role of innovation drivers in South West Sidney

Session 3


From data to delivery: views from the regions

Région Ile-de-France (FR only) by Firmine Jean Charles, Head of Service, Development Unit, Directorate for Economic Development and Employment and Michel Ruffin, Head of Forecasting and Evaluation, Région Ile-de-France

Further reading: Niveaux de vie et inégalités sociales (FR only)

Antwerp by Kristel Rombaut, Project Manager Research and Analysis, Work and Economy - city of Antwerp



For further information on the FIELD project, please contact Ms Ekaterina Travkina, or Mr Jonathan Potter.