Evidence of effectiveness
The instrument has been operated and monitored by the 13 Regional authorities. No aggregate data has been generated at national level. However, as the data from 4 case-studies (projects) has revealed, labour market studies were descriptive and rested upon the data of the 2011 census. There were attempts to connect the upskilling processes of the projects (training, counselling) with labour market needs in skills and professions, as it is apparent from these projects, but this hardly ensured a coherent methodology and responsiveness.
Engagement of stakeholders
TOPSA follows a bottom-up philosophy at all stages of planning, design and implementation and involve different levels of government, local institutions and stakeholders, as well as the target groups, through processes of social dialogue and collaborative approach. In this respect, local partnerships, known as “Development Partnerships”, are responsible for the implementation of all projects undertaken in this framework. Development Partnerships consist of members of regional and local community, businesses, professional organizations, non-governmental organizations and institutions of civil society, who decide to join forces, skills and experience to jointly implement a comprehensive intervention in local level. The specificities of each action's stakeholders' coordination meetings are described in detail in each of the approved Action Plan.