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  • Research Innovation strategy smart specialisation

    Research Innovation strategy smart specialisation

    With this report for the County of Stockholm, DAMVAD has conducted the first quantitative in-depth mapping of a region’s combined industry, talent and research strengths. It will allow Stockholm to formulate an effective and inclusive Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialisation (RIS3) targeted at the EU. Read the full Swedish report or the English summary. For more information contact Consultant Frida Karlsson.

  • High spending on continuing education for teachers

    High spending on continuing education for teachers

    Municipalities and counties spent a total of 660.1 mio. NOK on continuing education of teachers in 2013-2014. DAMVAD estimates further indicate future costs to 805.3 mio. NOK per year over a ten-year period. A major challenge is in the current organization of education. To meet the challenge, we propose increased efforts, enabling teachers to obtain the same qualifications with less travel in the report. Contact Senior Consultant Sonja L. Berg.

  • Can sport save the world?

    Can sport save the world?

    In 2012, the Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) launched a “free municipal experiment" with ten exciting projects. The project showed that reducing community bureaucracy in relation to sport clubs is easily obtained, while initiatives with potential for doing good for the society is more complex. DAMVAD has also completed a report on DIFs economic contribution to society. For more info on the municipality project, read the report or contact Principal Consultant Rasmus Lund Jensen.

  • Master craftsmen are valuable

    Master craftsmen are valuable

    An analysis of the Norwegian Master Craftsmen scheme indicates that firms with Masters appear more robust compared to other firms within the same industry. While displaying lower growth in turnover and employment, firms with Masters have higher productivity level and fewer bankruptcies than firms without one or more masters employed. Yet, data show a decline in the total number of Masters. Contact Economist Marthe Norberg-Schulz.

  • High impact of research cooperation

    High impact of research cooperation

    What are the impact of measures financed by the Swedish Knowledge Foundation aiming at enhancing business relevant research at Sweden's new universities? A new report by DAMVAD shows that the quality of the joint research is high. Over a six-year term, the contribution to Sweden's competitiveness is 225.000 SEK per employee in the collaborating companies. Read the report in English or Swedish. For more information contact Senior Economist Jonas Öhlin.

  • Outstanding results in Top-level Research Initiative

    Outstanding results in Top-level Research Initiative

    The Top-level Research Initiative (TRI) is the largest joint Nordic research and innovation initiative to date and one of its kind internationally. The major achievements are extended Nordic collaboration that fosters high quality research and young researcher training. This is shown in a new evaluation of TRI. It strenghtens research communities to a high level with clear international visibility. Contact Principal Consultant Rasmus Lund Jensen.  

  • Users of Danish Energy Programs often return

    Users of Danish Energy Programs often return

    The companies who participated in a Danish Energy Program between 2008 and 2012 are generally very frequent users – more than 1 in 3 participants have participated more than once, and half of these have more than two participations in Energy Programs. Read about this and other findings in the full analysis conducted for InnovationsFonden and the Danish Energy Agency or contact Senior Economist Asbjørn Boye Knudsen.  

  • Danish university colleges need more PhDs

    Danish university colleges need more PhDs

    Danish university colleges are a vital part of the Danish educational system. In the upcoming years, they seek to strengthen their educational offerings by increasing Ph.D.’s among their teaching staff. DAMVAD has conducted a study of the supply and demand for Ph.D.’s through an analysis of  current and potential models for Ph.D. programs. Read the analysis or contact Consultant Alberte Glob Nielsen.

  • Norwegian food service sector makes a difference

    Norwegian food service sector makes a difference

    The Norwegian food and beverage service sector presents an important gateway to working life for both young and foreign workers. Turnover, employment and value added shows that this particular sector for a long time has been a basic service and a very stable share of the Norwegian economy. This is the main findings from a recent report by DAMVAD in collaboration with Economic Analysis Norway, Bull & Co. and Professor Reidar Mykletun, University of Stavanger. Contact Director R. Røtnes

  • Annual report most important information source

    Annual report most important information source

    Rating the importance of annual reports on a scale from 1-5 compared to other sources of business information, investors, credit institutions, business partners, public authorities and business analysts rate the annual report as the most important single source of information related to economic assessment of small companies. This is shown in a new study made by DAMVAD for the Danish Business Authority. For further information please contact consultant Rune Rathsach Andersen.

  • Big differences in green tech support measures

    Big differences in green tech support measures

    Both Germany and Denmark have initiated several interesting green tech support measures. DAMVAD’s study of the support measures shows that initiatives in Germany have a relatively long time horizon, are technology open, and successful in creating and developing clusters, while Danish support measures have a relatively shorter time horizon, are focused on specific areas, and often supplement each other. Read the report. Contact MD for DAMVAD Sweden, Torben Bundgaard Vad.

  • Blended learning shows potential

    Blended learning shows potential

    New ways of organizing and delivering education in IT tools to students in remote areas have substantial potential. This new evaluation of an innovative blended learning project finds that while it creates value for the participating students, there are also challenges associated with breaking with conventional thinking about learning. Read the report (Danish) or the English summary. For more information contact Principal Consultant Niels Matti Søndergaard.

  • Increase of professionals in private sector

    Increase of professionals in private sector

    Professionals such as teachers, nurses, pedagogues, and police officers traditionally work in the public sector. In a study made for FTF, we show that 40,000 professionals, or 14%, work in the private sector, and the share is increasing. Many establish their own businesses and thereby generate growth and employment. Read the report or the English summary. For more information contact Economist Peter Sonne-Holm.

  • Educational Research For Better Schools

    Educational Research For Better Schools

    The report has led to 10 recommendations to increase the impact of research on the quality of learning and well-being of children in daycare and schools. The report maps Danish educational research in primary and lower secondary schools. The report uses quantitative, qualitative, and advanced bibliometric methods to map funding, research areas, and research quality and cooperation. Read the report or contact Principal Consultant Niels M. Søndergaard.


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  • Mar

    Denmark on the international startup map

    How strong are the Danish business ecosystems compared to best practice? How can the Danish business ecosystem be reshaped? DAMVAD and Startup Compass are currently collecting data to help brand the Danish ecosystem globally for the 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem Report. The Ecosystem Report, the largest and most comprehensive dataset of startup activity, provides outstanding insights to measure the health and growth of the startup community. Please contribute to the survey and support our ecosystem. Contact Consultant Rune Rathsach Andersen.

  • Mar

    Effects of Hærvejsmotorvejen

    What will the effects be of a highway through the center of Jutland - Hærvejsmotorvejen? A new highway would increase the accessibility to Billund Airport and therefore the airport's catchment area. This would lead to an increase of the number of passengers travelling to and from the airport. The Region of Southern Denmark has asked DAMVAD to analyze the effects for the airport and the passengers.For more information contact Economist Peter Sonne-Holm.

  • Mar

    Mapping the effects in the airport-structure

    What will be the effects of a potential change in the airport-structure in the Helgeland region? This will be the focus of a new project, where DAMVAD and Economic Analysis Norway are subcontracted to Urbanet Analysis.  DAMVAD is responsible for the regional and business sector effects. Read the press release from the Ministry of Transport and Communications here or contact Director Rolf Røtnes.

  • Mar

    Business strengths at Open Lab

    At the Open Lab Café in Stockholm today DAMVAD will present our recent mapping of the research and business strengths in the Stockholm Region. The mapping will inspire a discussion about the innovation strategy of Stockholm and the ambitions in regard to smart specialization. For more information contact Consultant Frida Karlsson.

  • Mar

    DAMVAD in Norwegian media

    This morning, DAMVAD’s report, "Mapping spending on continuing education for teachers", was presented and discussed in the radio program “Politisk kvarter” at NRK. The Minister of Education and Research, the leader of the Union of Education Norway, and the chairwoman of the Congregation of Municipalities (KS) debated our findings. Hear the program here or read the report. For more information contact Sonja L. Berg.

  • Mar

    Contribution to the Carsten Koch Commitee

    Today the Carsten Koch Committee has published a report and 28 recommendations on how to strengthen labour market attachment among people on the outskirts of the labour market i.e. through a new company-oriented approach. DAMVAD has contributed with one of the studies behind the Committee Report. For more information contact Principal Economist Andreas Højbjerre.

  • Mar

    Recruitment challenges in STEM-topics

    Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are important for future growth, and the Nordic countries must make the best use of talents within these areas. However, girls and women are underrepresented in STEM topics. The Ministry of Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs has asked DAMVAD analyze the reasons why and map the initiatives taken to break gender-segregation in educational choice. Contact Senior Consultant Kristine Wiberg Plougsgaard.

  • Mar

    Map the Global Startup Ecosystem

    Startup Compass and DAMVAD are kicking off the 2015 Global Startup Ecosystem survey. It will provide a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the world’s most important startup ecosystems. Startup Compass and DAMVAD will work in partnership to develop the information. The findings will provide global visibility to help attract new investors and talent. Please follow the link in order to help. For more information contact Consultant Rune Rathsach Andersen.

  • Mar

    Researchers and interns to DAMVAD Copenhagen

    DAMVAD is looking for researchers and interns with strong analytical skills, insights and interests in the areas of research, innovation, employment or education to our Copenhagen Office. For more information contact consultant Line Bækgaard or read more here.

  • Mar

    Evaluating pesticide research

    The Danish state annually allocates around 20 million DKK for research in pesticides. But what are the impacts in the academic world - measured with advanced bibliometric methods? Is there influence on the policies and processes deciding new legislation and decisions within the administration? The Environmental Protection Agency has asked DAMVAD to conduct an analysis on these effects. Contact Senior Consultant Kristine Wiberg Plougsgaard.

  • Mar

    Supply and demand of higher education

    Which factors affect the supply and demand of higher education? How do Denmark and Norway handle these challenges, and to what outcome? DAMVAD will conduct an analysis examining these factors on behalf of The Association of Social Scientists. For more information contact Managing Director DAMVAD Norway Sigrun Aasland.