During December 2011, UCD was asked to provide a view on how the Department of Social Protection (DSP) manages the Live Register (LR). The main objectives of the short study were to understand how DSP collects data relating to the labour market and how it uses same to understand the dynamics within the market and to influence policy mechanisms. The study offers some recommendations on how to improve data collection and ways to use the data more effectively, both in regular reporting and in the context of longer-term evaluation of particular activation schemes.
The Terms of Reference (ToR) of the work are included in Appendix 1.
This structure of this document largely follows the issues outlined in the ToR. In section 2 there is a discussion of the current intervention process model. This is followed in section 3 by a discussion of the existing data infrastructure, including some commentary on the current reporting capabilities and capacity to evaluate activation programmes. Next, in section 4 there are some remarks on where the data infrastructure can be improved to perform more useful/effective reporting and analysis. Finally in section 5 some additional observations on workflow and gaps are made.