LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

Expert seminar: What works, and what doesn’t? Evidence-based approaches to tackling disadvantage (Paris, France)




Expert seminar within the framework of
LEED’s Forum on Partnerships and Local Development and Forum on Social Innovations

15 October 2014, OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France

in collaboration with the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS)





In a time of limited resources, policy initiatives to tackle labour market disadvantage have to be chosen carefully. Across the OECD, policymakers and practitioners are increasingly looking to use evidence-based approaches and policies to help guide this decision-making. However, capacities to collect and use evidence vary considerably, both between countries and between local and national stakeholders within a single country.

This seminar focused on how countries can establish a policy framework to enable effective local action using an evidence-based approach, choosing between different measures when resources are scarce. The latest evidence from OECD countries on ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’ were considered, with participants sharing their own experiences from their perspectives as policy makers, researchers, practitioners and social entrepreneurs.

This seminar is organised under the framework of LEED’s Forum on Partnerships and Local Development and Forum on Social Innovations, in collaboration with the Directorate for Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs. The result of this work will lead to the preparation of a handbook for policymakers and practitioners.


The 1 day expert seminar explored:


What does it mean to use an evidence-based approach?


What does existing evidence tell us about effective approaches to tackling labour market disadvantage at the local and national level?


How can policymakers, practitioners and researchers work together to more effectively collect and use evidence, particularly at the local level?

Lively discussions on each of these topics will be kicked off by presentations from experts, policymakers, and practitioners. In order to foster discussion and encourage active participation, space at the seminar will be limited.


The seminar brought together policymakers, academics, evaluators, practitioners and social entrepreneurs who are interested in developing and using evidence in tackling labour market disadvantage.




No participation fee is required. Participants cover their own travel and accommodation.




OECD Conference Centre, Paris, France.


For further information on the seminar, please contact the OECD Secretariat at the OECD LEED Programme, Paris, France.