Employment policies and data

Data management Spain


Project: "Modernisation of the management of statistical and analytical information at the Spanish Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security"


Context and objectives

The Spanish labour and social security administration has a key role in collecting and processing labour market and social security data, conducting analysis and producing studies and reports. The unit on Statistics and Analysis (Subdirección General de Estadística y Análisis Sociolaboral, SGEAS) in the Spanish former Ministry of Labour, Migration and Social Security (MITRAMISS) was given the mandate in 2017 to enhance the production, analysis and communication of statistical information generated by the Ministry.

To support this mandate, MITRAMISS (and subsequently the Ministry of Labour and Social Economy (MITES) and the Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migrations (MISSM) requested technical support to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support (DG-Reform) and the OECD. The project was funded through the European Union’s Structural Reform Support Programme (SRSP) and was carried out between July 2019 and October 2020.

The aim of this project was to improve the availability and dissemination of statistical information produced by MITRAMISS, MITES and MISSM, and improve the access to microdata for analysis and research. The ultimate goal of the project was to promote the use of evidence-based policymaking by the Spanish authorities in the fields of labour, social security and migration policies.   


Outputs and Activities


Mapping of current data management situation
Mapping of current data management situation
Impact Evaluation Framework tailored to the needs of MITES and MISSM

 • The needs for data and analysis
 • Processing data for statistics and analysis
 • Statistical and analytical outputs
 • Processes and approaches to comply with data protection     legislation
 • Resources available (IT infrastructure and software, and human   resources)
 • Dissemination
 • Strategic view on data management
 • A holistic technical solution
 • Processes to produce and disseminate data, statistics and analysis   (analytical capacity, work processes, dissemination strategy)
 • Data protection
 • Importance of impact evaluations
 • Processes to promote evidence-based policy making: planning,   managing and dissemination
 • Micro-econometric methods
 • Data requirements
 • A roadmap to apply the Impact Evaluation Framework in MITES and   MISSM

The work was supported by:

  1. In-depth questionnaires, semi-structured interviews and consultations with Ministry staff and external experts on data needs, data management, data processing, outputs of data processing and dissemination of outputs.
  2. Two learning events organised to identify useful examples from other countries and disseminate the results of the project to relevant stakeholders:

Relevance for other countries

This support could be relevant for other countries wishing to develop a better data management system and a wider use of data for analysis and research. This project is part of broader effort by the OECD and the EU to help countries improve their use of administrative data to develop evidence-based policies. The OECD is currently working with the European Commission (DG-Reform and DG-Employment) and several EU and OECD countries to conduct counterfactual impact evaluations of labour market and social policies. The goal of these projects is to build countries’ capacities to regularly conduct similar evaluations in the future.

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