January I 2019

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) publishes CSES report on the role of further and higher education in cyber security skills 

A study that CSES recently conducted for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support and inform the Government’s National Cyber Security Skills Strategy has been published. The aim of this research was to identify the role of further and higher education in cyber security skills development in England. The research looks at the educational building blocks available to students wishing to study cyber security and the different career pathways to entry-level jobs available to them. The research also sought to establish the degree of involvement of industry in the development of cyber security courses, as well as the gender diversity/balance at further and higher education levels.

The report can be found here

The lead authors from CSES were Jack Malan, Eugénie Lale-Demoz and James Rampton.

December I 2018

CSES participates in the Financial Times World Trade Symposium

CSES Partner Jack Malan was invited to the Financial Times World Trade Symposium, as a roundtable facilitator. The event, co-organised by Finastra (the third largest fintech company in the world), featured former Foreign Secretary William Hague as the guest speaker. Jack’s roundtable focused on the question of how collaboration could support a more equitable distribution of value, as well as promoting wide financial inclusion, and included fintech start-ups and representatives of Finastra. In the context of world trade, the major difficulty in ensuring financial inclusion remains a lack of data, particularly lower down the supply chain. This makes traditional funding streams more difficult to access for SMEs, particularly in the Global South. Nevertheless, the problem is not insurmountable: new technological developments as well as business arrangements including coops allow for more innovative financing opportunities. Yet key to this is ensuring clear, sensible, and easily disseminated regulatory tools are in place, to protect both businesses and the people they serve. A list of speakers can be found here. 

November I 2018

European Commission selects CSES to undertake analysis of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UPCM)

The UPCM co-ordinates assistance from national civil protection authorities in 34 European countries states to victims of disasters in Europe and elsewhere. It has been activated more than 300 times since 2001. CSES has been appointed to support the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) in the further development of the UPCM. This includes updating current definitions and quality requirements of response capacities, estimating costs, analysing gaps in response capacities and updating a risk-based assessment of capacity goals. CSES is working in partnership with the Resilience Advisors Network.

November I 2018

Study on Activity Tourism in Ireland

Building on their fruitful co-operation, CSES and Target Europe, the tourism specialists, have recently been commissioned by Fáilte Ireland to carry out a study on Activity Tourism in Ireland. The study aims to build upon the already strong provision for this form of tourism in Ireland, by examining best-in-class destinations from around the world and identifying lessons.  The team are encouraging input from stakeholders through the following online feedback link.

A brochure on the project is also available here.

October I 2018

Online survey of External Experts assisting the ERC launched

CSES and PPMI have been appointed to carry out an Evaluation of three years of the operations of the ERCEA in 2015-18, which administers the EU-funded ERC grants programme to promote frontier science. In addition to undertaking an interview programme with ERCEA management and staff, with members of the Scientific Council and with officials from DG RTD, we will be undertaking interviews with external experts, ERC grant holders and with unsuccessful applicants. Today, we launch an Online Survey of External Experts targeted at those having worked on behalf of the ERC, and in one or more of the different ways in which such experts are involved in assisting in the evaluation of the ERCEA’s activities.  This includes serving on an evaluation panel, serving as a remote referee in providing specialist expertise, and getting involved in peer review activities linked to project monitoring and ex-post assessments of a representative sample of ERC grant research projects.  The survey is being carried out on an anonymous basis and all responses will be aggregated. CSES complies with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679). CSES's specific privacy policy related to this survey can be viewed here.  The deadline for survey competition is Tuesday, 6th November.

April I 2018

Solicitors Regulation Authority publishes CSES’s impact evaluation of SRA’s regulatory reform programme

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates the conduct of solicitors and law firms, in England and Wales, to ensure high professional standards of competence, skill and integrity in the delivery of legal services. The SRA has introduced significant regulatory reform to the legal market in recent years, intended to make legal services more accessible and help meet legal need by making it easier for non-lawyers to participate in legal services. CSES was commissioned to conduct independent research evaluating the impact of these reforms. The report is available here.

March I 2018

DCMS appoints CSES to review evidence on the contribution of sport, culture, libraries and social action to mental wellbeing

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) appointed CSES to review the evidence on how interventions in its policy areas affect mental well-being and mental health outcomes. The first part of the study is a review of existing literature reviews on the mental health impacts of sport and cultural interventions. The second part is a rapid evidence assessment to examine the well-being and mental health impacts of policy interventions relevant to libraries, social action and digital inclusion. CSES will conclude its report in the middle of 2018.

January I 2018

European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) publishes CSES study on the Victims' Rights Directive 2012/29/EU - findings presented at European Commission

On the 11th January 2018, CSES was invited to a session of the Joint Committee of the LIBE and FEMM committees in the European Parliament to present findings of a study recently completed. The study assesses the implementation of Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime in EU Member States. It evaluates its coherence, relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and added value. In doing so, it covers various aspects of the directive's application: legal transposition measures at Member State level, practical implementation on the ground, benefits to victims, and also the challenges encountered. Finally, the study offers a number of conclusions and recommendations for further promoting implementation of the directive in the future. The final report can be accessed here.

January I 2018

European Commission adopts labour law proposal informed by CSES report

The proposal for a Directive on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions aims to set new rights for all workers, particularly addressing insufficient protection for workers in more precarious jobs, while limiting burdens on employers and maintaining labour market adaptability. The Commission presented the legislative proposal at a press conference in December 2017. CSES, together with PPMI, undertook a study into the likely impacts of the new Directive, which supported the Commission in developing the proposal. The report is published here (see 4th and 5th items under “Related Documents” in right-hand column).

January I 2018

CSES appointed to undertake study on the EU’s audiovisual industry

The EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme aims to ensure a more “level playing field” between the cultural and creative sectors of the 28 EU Member States. This includes taking account of low production capacity countries and countries/regions with a restricted geographical or linguistic area. The purpose of the study is to provide a definition for a level playing field which will enable the Commission to make policy proposals on appropriate support measures. This definition will include indicators to monitor whether the goals of level playing field provisions have been achieved. The study is being undertaken on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology. CSES will be supported by staff from Ecorys.

January I 2018

Solicitors Regulation Authority appoints CSES to its research panel

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regulates the conduct of solicitors and law firms, in England and Wales, to ensure high professional standards of competence, skill and integrity in the delivery of legal services. CSES has been appointed to a panel of organisations that will undertake research related to: (i) economic impact and assessment; and (ii) education, training and assessment during 2018 and 2019. This will build on previous work that CSES completed for the SRA in 2017, including an evaluation framework for assessing the impact of the SRA’s regulatory reform programme (available here) and an early stage impact evaluation of recent reforms.

December I 2017

CSES and Ecorys appointed to evaluate the European Capitals of Culture 2017

The prestigious title of European Capital of Culture is awarded every year to 2-3 European cities in different countries. Each title-holder implements an extensive cultural programme of European significance and promotes the programme and the city to local, national and international audiences. In 2017, the title was jointly held by Aarhus (Denmark) and Pafos (Cyprus). The European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture has appointed CSES and Ecorys to undertake an independent evaluation of the Capitals, including their cultural, economic and social effects and their contribution to the objectives of EU cultural policy. The evaluation will be completed later in 2018.

December I 2017

European Commission publishes CSES/Ecorys report on European Capitals of Culture 2016

CSES and Ecorys recently completed an independent evaluation covering the two title-holders in 2016: Wrocław (Poland) and San Sebastián (Spain). The evaluation found that both cities have proved successful in implementing extensive, innovative cultural programmes with a European dimension and in involving citizens. Both used the opportunity of the title-year to explore and articulate themes of local interest but with a European resonance. The report has been published by the European Commission and is available here.

September I 2017

CSES secures framework contract for evaluation services in the EU employment and social policy field

CSES is part of a consortium selected by the European Commission to provide services during 2017-2021 in the fields of employment, social affairs, labour mobility and skills. The consortium is led by Mileu (Belgium) and also includes Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale (Italy), and Optimity Advisors (UK). The evaluation and impact assessment services will support the Commission in implementing its Better Regulation Guidelines. Better Regulation is a way of working to ensure that EU policies and laws are prepared in an open, transparent manner, informed by the best available evidence and backed by the comprehensive involvement of stakeholders to achieve the objectives at minimum cost.

July I 2017

Publication of CSES report on EU's Creative Europe Media Training Actions.

The Creative Europe programme provides co-financing for MEDIA Training Actions that improve the skills and competences of audiovisual professionals. The Actions also promote knowledge-sharing and networking initiatives, including the integration of digital technologies, innovative business models and financing. CSES was commissioned by the European Commission to analyse the effects of the Training Actions. The main findings are that the Training Actions are unique, highly valued and effective. They address a range of skill needs and support a diversity of nationalities. Learning is highly personalised, individualised and relational, with a heavy emphasis on collaboration with other participants and experts. Participants are supported to take forward projects such as new scripts or productions. Training Actions deliver the intended impact on participants, including improved skills, access to market, contacts and networks. The final report is available from the European Commission.

May I 2017

CSES Mid-Term Review of the EEA Grants and Norway Grants is published.

The EEA Grants and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway to reducing economic and social disparities and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. In the period 2009-2014, the Grants have provided €1.8bn funding for 150 programmes supporting different sectors, including environmental protection, climate change, cultural heritage, civil society and research. CSES’s Mid-Term Review assessed effectiveness in terms of results and progress towards overall objectives and assessed the efficiency of the current programme model is efficient. The main research effort was on seven case study countries: Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania.

April I 2017

European Commission publishes report on the Satellite and Cable Directive

CSES, together with Ecorys UK, completed a Study on the EU’s Satellite and Cable Directive. The Directive was introduced in 1993 to facilitate cross-border broadcasting services by satellite and cable, while ensuring an appropriate level of protection for rights-holders. The study provides an overview of the EU broadcasting sector, assesses cross-border availability of broadcasters' online services and analyses legal frameworks and licensing practices with regard to rights clearance for cross-border broadcasting. It also summarises the legal issues relating to any extension of the mechanisms set out in the Directives to online broadcasting services. The study has informed the Commission’s proposal for a regulation to facilitate cross-border access to television and radio programmes.

December I 2016

CSES presents results on the study 'Costs of non-agencies' at the European Parliament

Jack Malan presented the results of a study carried out by CSES on the ‘Costs of non-agencies (with particular relevance to the internal market)’ to a conference at the European Parliament on 6 December.  The conference  was co-hosted by the EU Agencies Network and attended by MEPs, representatives of the agencies, the European Commission, European Court of Auditors, and the European Council.  The study examines the costs to European governments and companies if seven EU agencies which have a key role in the functioning of the EU’s internal market ceased to exist. It was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Budgets Committee.  The presentation of the CSES study can be found 53 minutes into the following webstream here.

30 November I 2016

CSES report on migrant integration in Europe published

The Committee of the Regions has published a report on the “Regulatory Framework on Employment and Funding for Migration and Integration Policies in the EU” prepared by CSES. The study looks at the employment and social welfare policies in EU Member States applicable to migrants, and refugees in particular. It also includes a practical guide aimed at local and regional authorities in Europe advising them on EU funding available to them to finance activities supporting the integration of migrants. Ultimately, the report should thus contribute to tackling the on-going migration crisis in Europe. CSES presented on the study findings at a meeting of the Committee of the Regions in April.

7 November I 2016

European Commission publishes Study on the Contribution of Sport to Regional Development through the Structural Funds

The European Commission has published a study undertaken by CSES with Blomeyer & Sanz on the Contribution of Sport to Regional Development through the Structural Funds. The study shows how sport and physical activity can be a powerful means of achieving the objectives of EU cohesion policy. Analysis of impacts is presented along with over 30 examples of good practice and in a separate publication practical guidance is provided for sport organisations and others who want to make use of the European Structural and Investment Funds to develop sport-based projects. A Sport Action Network offers assistance to anyone interested in developing such a project. For further details, please contact Mike Coyne.

19 October I 2016

CSES presents at the European Consumer Summit (Evaluation of the Consumer Rights Directive)

CSES presented the preliminary findings from the European Consumer Summit to some 300 stakeholders from across the EU. The event allowed stakeholders to provide feedback on the Fitness Check of the acquis on EU consumer and marketing legislation. The results of a recent Open Public Consultation that is part of the fitness check were discussed. Participants included: consumer and business associations, national policy makers, enforcement authorities and ECCs. RPA and CSES are carrying out the CRD evaluation, which is separate from but will feed into the fitness check. For further details, please contact Mark Whittle or Danilo Bianchini.


19 October I 2016

CSES present findings from the Evaluation of the Environmental Noise Directive at European Parliament.

CSES presented the findings from the Evaluation of the Environmental Noise Directive (END) to members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism for the European Parliament's Directorate for Structural and Cohesion Policies at the European Parliament. The evaluation was a regulatory fitness check within the EC’s REFIT programme, and is expected to be published later in 2016 alongside the European Commission’s second five yearly implementation review of the Directive and a Staff Working Paper. For further details, please contact Mark Whittle.


19 October I 2016

CSES organises workshop for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee at European Parliament on SME internationalisation.

CSES organised a workshop held on the 12th October for the European Parliament on the subject of internationalisation of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The workshop was intended to open the debate on the barriers, challenges and opportunities for European SMEs serving markets outside the Internal Market, and EU instruments supporting them in this endeavour. The workshop brought together members of the EP and external experts from the European Commission, academia, business associations and SMEs.

Workshop press release .pdf published in October 2016



12 May I 2016

Questionnaire on Consumer Rights. Have Your Say.

The European Commission is launching a consultation to evaluate the implementation of the Consumer Rights Directive (Directive 2011/83/EU). All citizens and organisations are welcome to respond to this consultation so, please, we invite you to disseminate the link to your members (via Twitter, social media or in your newsletters). 

The Questionnaires and the UK individual consumer survey are available in English and 14 of the EU official languages. Responses may be submitted by the 31st August 2016. 

Consumer survey prize draw. There will be a prize draw for a €30 Amazon voucher or a gift MasterCard preloaded with the same amount for those participating in the survey in each country. The draw will take place on 1st September 2016 when one winner per country will be randomly selected. Please note that the prize draw will only be open to eligible persons aged 18 and over and who provide their email address and name. 

The Questionnaires
The UK individual consumer survey 


12 April I 2016

New Public Authorities, Communication and Social Innovation.

Improving communication between public authorities and community groups is the subject of a video, showing the impressive results of a Workshop on this issue organised at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent on 12th April. 

This event was part of a series of activities under the SEiSMiC project, coordinated in the UK by CSES, in which supporting and managing social innovation have been important themes. Parallel work is being conducted on the development of social incubators, for instance. 

The Workshop on communication explored how far it ispossible to use performance and video in providing evidence on objectives andmanagement of projects or as an element in making funding applications.  


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8 December I 2014

CSES presents results of Evaluation of the Outcomes from the European Science Foundation 2003-2014.

CSES has presented the results of the Evaluation of the Scientific and other Tangible Outcomes from the European Science Foundation’s (ESF) EUROCORES Scheme 2003-2014 at the Initiative for Science in Europe conference “Is there a funding gap for collaborative research in Europe? – input to the interim evaluation of H2020 from the scientific communities”.  

The study, produced by CSES in 2015 on behalf of the ESF, was presented to contribute to the debate around the upcoming Horizon 2020 mid-term review and beyond. The aim of the ISE-organised event was to identify funding gaps and sketch options on how they can be addressed. 

Please contact Jack Malan or Malin Carberg for further details.

The EUROCORES evaluation report  pdf. Published in January 2016