Poverty and living conditions pillar
By setting an explicit poverty target to be reached by the end of this decade, the Europe 2020 strategy will strongly shape the research agenda on poverty in the forthcoming years. The broad way this target defines the population at-risk of poverty and social exclusion suggests that the whole process aims to cover not only the income aspects of poverty, but also to reflect its multidimensional nature. Additional policy agenda’s and initiatives equally acknowledge the complexity of poverty and social inclusion, such as the ‘Active inclusion’ agenda, the Open Method of Coordination on Social Protection and Social Inclusion, the European Platform Against Poverty and Social Exclusion (EPAP). The EU-level evidence-based policy process which includes monitoring and target setting within the frame of the Social OMC has already started for several vulnerable groups, including children (child mainstreaming process), youth (Youth on the Move initiative), elderly (European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing), migrants (New European Agenda on Integration of non-EU nationals) and Roma (EU framework for national Roma integration strategies 2011). A wide set of indicators serves as the basis for the Social OMC. This set is and has to be built on solid, flexible and stan-dardised data infrastructure. However, there is an increasing need to improve the ‘Poverty and living conditions’ research infrastructure in order to keep-up with the progress that takes place in the policy arena. The existing infrastructure forms the baseline to start the work in InGRID. This infrastructure is however confronted with important new challenges:
- growing data gaps;
- lack of harmonised longitudinal data;
- additional data challenges.
For the Poverty and living conditions research the objectives are:
- to synthesise and make accessible data and knowledge in a structured form that backs comparative research on social policies, improves infrastructure to reach vulnerable groups at risk of poverty;
- to organise indicators and research results in a theoretical frame, with the aim of avoiding bottlenecks and temptations to carry on purely data driven research on poverty and living conditions;
- to create synergy between existing knowledge and data infrastructures and to support the development of methodologies and data infrastructure facilitating territorial analysis of poverty and living conditions.
- TÁRKI Social Research Institute Inc. (pillar leader)
- HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society, KU Leuven
- CED - Centre d’Estudis Demografics
- LIS - Luxembourg Income Study, asbl
- LISER- Centre d’Etudes de Population de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques
- BIGSSS - Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, Universität Bremen
- Dipartimento di Economia e Menagement, Università di Pisa