Projects - Qualification

Innovationen effizient in KMU implementieren (INEKI)
Efficient Implementation of Innovation in SMEs

By analysing how to support the efficient implementation of digital innovation in SME, the project aims at the development of a suitable set of methods to support innovation agents providing evidence-based and efficient consultation. The respective results are, among others, based on the use of applied methods e.g. social network analysis.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
Co-operation: Industriewissenschaftliches Institut-IWI (lead)
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Sonja Sheikh

Evaluation und Wirkungsanalyse CTI-Entrepreneurship
Evaluation and impact monitoring of CTI Entrepreneurship

The goal of this accompanying evaluation of the CTI Entrepreneurship Programme to support high-tech start-ups is to assess its design, implementation and short and medium-term impacts. For the latter, we apply models from social psychology to assess the impact of individual training modules and accompanying measures on start-up activities and the performance of nascent enterprises in a complex environment of varied support structures across Switzerland.
On behalf of: Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI
Co-operation: B, S, S. Volkswirtschaftliche Beratung (lead)
Expected completion: 2018
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Early-Intervention-Strategien und Ansätze in Deutschland - Good Practices und Empfehlungen für Österreich
Early Intervention strategies and measures in Germany

The situation on the labour market for specific population groups (low skilled persons, migrants, 50+, etc.) becomes more problematic. One of the political solutions is early intervention. To draft such measures effectively the study analyses early intervention measures in Germany and draws lessons learnt for Austria. Methods applied are literature and document analysis, expert interviews and case studies.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Expected completion: 2017
Contact: Eva Heckl

Bedarfs- und Akzeptanzanalyse für den Bachelor-Studiengang „Wirtschaftsinformatik“ an der Fachhochschule Salzburg
Demand analysis for the bachelor programme “Business Informatics” at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

The study comprises an ex-ante assessment of the overall demand for graduates of the projected study programme in the region by using secondary data, literature and interviews with enterprises / experts. In addition, the study includes an assessment of the acceptance / interest of potential students for the study programme.
On behalf of: Salzburg College of Higher Education
Completed: 2017/08
Contact: Christina Enichlmair

Regionales Fachkräfte-Screening Oberösterreich
Screening of regional skills demand and supply in Upper Austria

This project analyses and assesses the labour market situation and development (labour demand and supply) at the level of occupations and qualifications in the regions of Upper Austria. This is done based on an in-depth analysis of regionalized labour market and educational data, and regional focus groups. The results serve as a basis for policies and initiatives to improve matching on regional labour markets. Results are available at:
On behalf of: Business Upper Austria
Co-operation: ibw Austria - Research & Development in VET
Completed: 2017/01
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Einzelhandel – Quo Vadis?
Retail – quo vadis?

Retail trade is a main employer in Austria and also in Upper Austria. Every tenth employee in the Upper Austrian economy works in retail trade. Although there are structural changes, retail trade is (still) a stable employer. Trends and developments however indicate changes in retail trade with effects on the employment situation. Fundamental shifts in retail trade (keyword: internet retail trade) change the demands for the staff, and exactly these shifts and the high importance of retail trade as employer suggest a detailed discussion on the effects of central retail trade trends on the employment situation.
On behalf of: Arbeitsmarktservice Oberösterreich (AMS)
Completed: 2016/12
Contact: Eva Heckl

Evaluierung des START-Programms und des Wittgenstein-Preises
Evaluation of the START Programme and the Wittgenstein Award

The evaluation of the programmes START and Wittgenstein included the analysis of the design, the management, the impact of the programmes as well as their fit in the Austrian and European funding landscape.
On behalf of: Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Co-operation: Fraunhofer ISI (lead)
Completed: 2016/05
Contact: Eva Heckl

IKT-Kompetenzen im Fokus der aktiven Arbeitsmarktpolitik
ICT-competences in the context of active labour market policy

In this study PIAAC-data concerning ICT-competences are analysed. Research activities and labour market concepts in Austria and selected countries are described as well as international labour market programmes and initiatives (good practices) to ameliorate these competences are identified.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria (AMS)
Co-operation: Wiener Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Bildungsforschung (WIAB)
Completed: 2016/03
Contact: Eva Heckl

Workshop on Policy Evaluation of Local/Regional Development and Territorial Competitiveness Programs

The aim of this project was know-how transfer in the area of policy evaluation for regional development and territorial competitiveness programs.
The target group were local experts from different public and semi-public administrations and evaluators in the field of regional development. Involved partners in the delivery of the project are the Institute for Territorial Economic Development (InTER), the National Agency for Regional Development (NARD) and the Secretariat for Public Policy in Serbia.
On behalf of: BACID Fonds für Know-how Transfer Actions im Auftrag der Austrian Development Agency (ADA)
Completed: 2015/12
Contact: Peter Kaufmann

Evaluierung des Programms „Forschungskompetenzen für die Wirtschaft“
Evaluation of the programme "Forschungskompetenzen für die Wirtschaft"

The programme consists mainly of training seminars, qualification networks as well as innovation courses within tertiary studies. The evaluation analysed the usefulness of the instruments and the integration of the programme in the overall funding portfolio as well as the implementation and impact of the programme.
On behalf of: Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economic
Completed: 2015/04
Contact: Eva Heckl

Maßnahmen zur Verhinderung von Jugendarbeitslosigkeit in der Schweiz
Support measures against youth unemployment in Switzerland

Objectives of the study were the analysis of the employment situation of young people in Switzerland and the framework conditions at the labour market; the identification of good practices of support measures for young people at the labour market in Switzerland; and conclusions and lessons learnt for designing support measures for young people at the labour market in Austria.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Completed: 2015/03
Contact: Eva Heckl

Erfolg arbeitsmarktpolitischer Bildungsmaßnahmen (BM) - Angewandte Kriterien und Indikatoren am Beispiel Deutschland
Assessment of qualification measures in labour market policy – implemented criteria and indicators in Germany

The study analyses how success of qualification measures in labour market policy is defined in Germany and which indicators are used to assess the output/impact of such measures.
On behalf of: Public Employment Service Austria
Completed: 2013/12
Contact: Eva Heckl

Bedarfs- und Akzeptanzanalyse für den Bachelor-Studiengang „KMU-Management & Entrepreneurship“ der Fachhochschule Salzburg
Needs analysis for the Bachelor programme ‘SME Management & Entrepreneurship’ at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences

The research included, first, an ex-ante assessment of the overall need for graduates of the study programme in the region and the required competence profiles. Second, the possible demand and interest by students in taking up the programme is being assessed.
On behalf of: Salzburg College of Higher Education
Completed: 2013/10
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Guidance in employers‘ age management strategies – supporting longer working lives of older workers

The study aims to investigate - across EU Member States - the strategies used by companies to support their older workers in order to keep them in employment as well as related incentives and support provided at the policy level. There was a focus on strategies based on guidance and lifelong learning.
On behalf of: CEDEFOP
Co-operation: Panteia B.V. (lead)
Completed: 2013/07
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner

Creation and development of jobs in care and support services for people with disabilities or health problems

Aim of the study was to examine job creation and retention in the social care sector, describing the current situation and highlighting good practices in developing both the numbers and quality of the care workforce. The study focuses on workers delivering community care services for persons with disabilities and/or chronic health problems below retirement age that promote social and economic integration.
On behalf of: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
Co-operation: Panteia B.V. (lead)
Completed: 2013/06
Contact: Eva Heckl

Evaluierung der Auswirkungen der Qualifizierungsmodule des AIT
Impact assessment of the qualification modules of AIT

AIT offered five qualification modules for the increase of competence of employees in designated areas. The implementation phase was evaluated to optimize implementation and to speed up learning processes by focussing on the usefulness and effects of the qualification modules.

On behalf of: AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology
Completed: 2012/12
Contact: Eva Heckl

The use of validation by enterprises for human resource and career development purposes

The study investigates the use of competence measurement and assessment among European enterprises. The focus was on the purposes of skills assessment, the methods used and the quality of results obtained. The research was primarily based on surveys and case studies in 10 European countries.
On behalf of: CEDEFOP
Co-operation: Oxford Research A/S and other ENSR partners
Completed: 2012/09
Contact: Thomas Oberholzner