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by mlenueff last modified 04-05-2009 08:44


DIACwowe -  Dialogue with the policy community: Best practices


One of RECWOWE’s main objective is to effectively share the new knowledge that is built up through its activities. It has a strong focus on communication and circulation of knowledge, especially by centralising and publicising existing and new sources of data on work and welfare.

The core objective of the Dialogue Center (DIACwowe) is to create an on-going dialogue between the research community gathered within RECWOWE and the policy community in charge of labour market and welfare policies (i.e. the actors who participate in elaborating, deciding, negotiating and implementing public policies in the field of labour market, employment and social protection). The aim of the Dialogue Center is to make research accessible to interested actors. By installing a reciprocal dialogue between the research and the policy communities, it will also improve the relationships between them and improve the sensitivity of each to the other’s activities and concerns.

In this section you will find examples of best practices among some of DIACwowe’s activities.


Employment and welfare in a national context.


The organization of meetings with the policy community is an opportunity to develop dialogue on the conciliation of work and welfare at the national level. The originality of this meeting format is to change the traditional perspective and to explore the national expression and translation of RECWOWE’s tensions and fields of research.

It is also an opportunity to make research accessible to interested national actors. By installing a reciprocal dialogue between the research and the policy communities, RECWOWE intends to facilitate the relationships between them and improve the sensitivity of each to the other’s activities and concerns.

A first meeting has been organized by the University of Oviedo in November 2007. The Observatoire social européen will organize another meeting focused on the reconciliation between work and welfare on Monday 26th of May. And another similar meeting will be organized in Ljubjiana in spring 2009.

> download the complete presentation of this best practice .


Exchange meetings.

DIACwowe organises short conferences, called Exchange Meetings for Dialogue, during which researchers present their on-going work and their results to actors involved in the European processes. These Exchange Meetings for Dialogue gather researchers involved in RECWOWE and interested civil servants, experts, politicians and various actors working in Brussels.

By grouping people working on different policies into a single series of seminars, DIACwowe aims at getting closer to European policy trends (i.e.EES and social OMCs). Most of the meetings are organised in partnership (with e.g. ETUC/ETUI, social NGOs…).

A first meeting, organized in February 2007, was centred on “The politics of reform in Bismarckian welfare systems: a common trajectory?”

The presentation was made by Bruno PALIER (P02 FNSP). It compared the development of Bismarckian welfare systems during the last 25 years, showing the common patterns of reform in these countries which seen to be following parallel trends with respect to the timing, content and process of reforms.

A second meeting, organized in May 2007, was centred on “Flexicurity: a new paradigm for labour market and employment regulation?”.

The presentation was made by Ton WILTHAGEN (P10 UVT). It concentrated on flexicurity preconditions, indicators, EU Member States starting positions and on the possible flexicurity pathways.

A third meeting, organized in February 2008, was centred on "Flexicurity: Redefining the security of European citizens".

Pascale Vielle (P13 UCL) intervened on the consequenses of flexicurity at the individual level, on the objective of security, its domains of intervention and the partners involved in this new model at the European level.

> download the complete presentation of this best practice .



Research and Civil Society.

One of the aim of DIACwowe is to serve as an arena where to confront and mutually enrich the preoccupations and agendas from the researchers on the one side and actors from the policy community on the other side. DIACwowe aims at ensuring that RECWOWE activities are useful to interested actors, and especially those who have no or only limited research capacities like NGOs or the social partners. RECWOWE represents an open source for research products for these actors and organizes meetings with European-level NGOs to find about their needs and concerns and to create linkages with the on-going research integrated within RECWOWE.

A meeting for the establishment of dialogue between the research and civil society communities has been organized in October 2007. It gathered researchers from RECWOWE as well as members from NGOs and social partners (European Social Platform, RETIS, ETUC, FEANTSA, CARITAS Europa, IPSE, EAPN).

> download the complete presentation of this best practice .





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