The Social Inclusion Monitor Europe (SIM) Reform Barometer, a joint project by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the University St. Gallen and the Webster University Vienna, is an unparalleled effort to collect, aggregate and analyse data on social policy reforms. On the basis of an annual online expert survey, the project evaluates governmental initiatives with regard to social issues for each of the 28 EU member states. The Reform Barometer will become one of the most extensive databases of directional social policy change available to date. The dataset will be used for several purposes:
- Inform European public debate on diverse topics such as reform efforts of single member states or comparisons of member states’ efforts to address social problems;
- Make available rich data to stakeholders (e.g. European Commission, NGOs, think-tanks) for identifying best practice, but also blaming malpractice and reform gridlock in certain member states;
- Enable academic researchers to work on a wide array of research questions including the causes and consequences of social policy change and welfare state reform.
The Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe project invites academics and policy experts with expertise for one or more EU countries in the fiels of Poverty Prevention; Education; Labor Markets; Social Cohesion and Non-discrimination; Health; Inter-generational Justice (Family, Pensions, Environment, R&D, Fiscal Policy); to take the Reform Barometer online survey and share their assessment of recent policy reforms.
Participation in the survey will help advance the EU’s social dimension and contribute to building a comprehensive high-quality database on recent social policy reforms in the EU that will be made available to the public for free.