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  • Strategic Research has Supplementary Effects

    Strategic Research has Supplementary Effects

    Strategic research within “The Creative and Innovative Society” leads to a variety of additional effects and value creation besides strictly scientific outcomes in publications. Development of new products, new forms of organization and improved capacity to innovate among employees are among the identified effects of the strategic research. Read the study here or the English summary here. For more information contact Consultant Bjarke Tarpgaard Hartkopf

  • Challenges in Small University Study Programmes

    Challenges in Small University Study Programmes

    Small university study programmes within humanities are characterised by a closely-knit environment, where teachers and students know each other well and interact outside the classroom. But the study programmes are vulnerable and face problems related to securing research-based teaching and reducing dropout rates. The analysis is made in cooperation with the Danish Accreditation Institution. English summary here. Contact Consultant Line Bækgaard.

  • Steep Learning Curve for Partnerships on Innovation

    Steep Learning Curve for Partnerships on Innovation

    Gathering of the early experiences from the pilot partnership on innovation uncovers the opportunities and challenges of the approach selected for the creation and development in the pilot partnerships. The study showed, among other things, that the time spend on defining and setting the boarders of the partnership is well spend. And further that emphasis should be put on tailoring the role of the public partner to the specific partnership. Contact Senior Consultant Rasmus L. Jensen.

  • Less time for Developing the Educational Programmes

    Less time for Developing the Educational Programmes

    The majority of head of studies at higher education institutions express that the number of administrative tasks have increased in recent years. Furthermore, the administrative tasks are perceived as a burden as they take time and focus away from developing the quality of the educational programmes. This is one of the results from a DAMVAD study commissioned by the Expert Committee on Quality in Higher Education. See English summary. Contact Consultant Dina Madsen.

  • Large Socioeconomic Benefits from DIF Sports

    Large Socioeconomic Benefits from DIF Sports

    The increased level of activity due to the Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) reduces economic cost in terms of health care in Denmark considerably. The benefits is up to $ 1.7 billion considering only four specific diseases: ischemic heart disease, type-2 diabetes , breast cancer and colon cancer. This is documented in a new DAMVAD study. Read the report or the English Summary. For more information contact Director Martin Kristian Brauer.  

  • More Competitive and Innovative Businesses

    More Competitive and Innovative Businesses

    Innovation Norway’s service Business Networks help small and medium sized businesses become more competitive and innovative through strategic cooperation. DAMVAD has evaluated the service and found that the service is relevant, efficient and has helped businesses achieve their goals. The service has high additionality and have strengthened the businesses willingness to form new cooperations in the future. Read the report or contact Consultant Torunn Kielland.

  • New Life for Old Sport Facilities

    New Life for Old Sport Facilities

    Innovative architectural design and multi-functionality in the sports facilities lead to an increase, in self-organized activities and general intensification in the use of the sports facilities. These goals are obtained by rebuilding three rural sports facilities in Denmark. The rebuilding was supported financially by The Danish Foundation for Culture and Sport Facilities (Lokale og Anlægsfonden). Read the study or English summary. Contact Senior Consultant Rasmus L.Jensen.

  • Variations in Harvesting Costs of Timber

    Variations in Harvesting Costs of Timber

    There is much to gain in a more detailed pricing of logging operations in order to maximize efficiency in the forestry sector. A recent mapping of the main cost drivers of harvesting timber show that the logging cost constitutes about 47 pct. of the timber value in Norway. The study is conducted on behalf of the Norwegian Association of Heavy Equipment Contractors (MEF). Read the report here. For more information contact Director Rolf Røtnes.

  • Vunerable Unemployed helped by Local Companies

    Vunerable Unemployed helped by Local Companies

    All of the Nordics have experienced rapid increase in youth unemployment following the economic crisis. To remedy this challenge, local businesses can be an important player, employing youngsters in supported jobs. A new study from DAMVAD maps best practice of companies’ efforts to integrate young vulnerable people to the labour market in the Nordic countries. Read the report or the english summary. Contact Consultant Maria Rye Dahl.

  • Large Economic Cohesion in Danish Industries

    Large Economic Cohesion in Danish Industries

    There is a significant industrial interdependence in Denmark. As a result, creating jobs in one part of the economy, e.g. manufacturing industry, will create a significant amount of jobs in other parts of the economy, e.g. in the service sector. It also means improving productivity in one sector greatly affects others sectors. These are some of the results from a recent DAMVAD study performed on behalf of the Danish Metalworkers Union. Contact Economist Niels Storm Knigge.

  • Tromsø has Seized the ICT Dividend

    Tromsø has Seized the ICT Dividend

    A DAMVAD study demonstrates how some of the disadvantages the Norwegian city of Tromsø faces by being in a remote location, is reduced  by seizing opportunities given by the internet. Located north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø is home to a number of institutions, festivals and businesses, and has no problems attracting global talent. The population is growing, is younger and more educated than the Norwegian average. Contact Head of Tromsø office Torunn Kielland.

  • Nordic Countries don’t Regulate the same Professions

    Nordic Countries don’t Regulate the same Professions

    A new Study shows differences in the number of regulated professions in the Nordic countries. While Iceland e.g. has 173, Sweden and Finland have 74 and 91 regulated professions respectively. Furthermore, the Nordic countries don’t regulate the same professions. Only  a third of professions regulated in one country are regulated in the other Nordic countries with potential negative impacts on growth. Contact Principal Consultant Niels M. Søndergaard.

  • Welfare Professions Need More Hands

    Welfare Professions Need More Hands

    All Nordic countries will face a shortage of people working in welfare professions like nursing and social work in the near future. Each country has undertaken different initiatives but none of them have a coherent national strategy. Initiatives include increasing the attractiveness of welfare professions and educational programmes and increased mobility between Nordic countries. Read the report or contact Director Jakob Rathlev.


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  • Apr

    DAMVAD Evaluation in Academic journal

    Two years ago DAMVAD carried out an evaluation of the Norwegian Research Council’s program on Research for Innovation and Renewal in the Public Sector (FIFOS). The evaluation is now published as an interesting case in an article in the Sage Academic Journal Evaluation. Read the article abstract. For more information Contact  Managing Director for DAMVAD Sweden Torben Bundgaard Vad.

  • Apr

    Presentation in Reykjavik on the Inter-Nordic Labour Market

    DAMVAD vill give a presentation on barriers for mobility on the Inter-Nordic labour market at the meeting in Reykjavik April 10 of civil servants from the Nordic ministries of employment. The presentation builds on DAMVAD´s study on law-regulated professions and welfare professions for the Nordic Council of Ministers. For more information contact Principal Consultant Niels M. Søndergaard.

  • Apr

    Policy Support Measures for Green Tech Companies

    The Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis has asked DAMVAD to carry out an in-depth analysis of policy support measures for green tech companies in selected European countries. For more information Contact  Managing Director for DAMVAD Sweden Torben Bundgaard Vad.

  • Apr

    PISA and National Tests

    DAMVAD will assist the Danish Ministry of Education in relating results for 8th graders in national tests to results for the same age group in PISA. The project is part of a follow-up on the political agreement on primary and lower secondary education in Denmark, where the national tests will measure progress towards the goals set down in the agreement. For more information contact Principal Consultant Niels M. Søndergaard.

  • Apr

    No Access to Vocational Education and Training

    Four out of ten young social security recipients do not have a high enough GPA from primary school to enroll in vocational education and training in Denmark. This is documented in a new analysis that DAMVAD has carried out for the Danish Think Tank DEA. Politiken has also published an article based on the analysis. For more information, contact Consultant Dina Madsen.

  • Mar

    Research in Primary and Lower Secondary Schooling

    DAMVAD will assist the Ministry of Higher Education and Science in mapping educational research in primary and lower secondary schooling in Denmark. The study will among other things map research output 2009 – 2012, funding, the usefulness of research for policy and practice. For more information contact Principal Consultant Niels M. Søndergaard.

  • Mar

    Andreas Højbjerre joins DAMVAD

    We are pleased to announce that Andreas Højbjerre joins DAMVAD as a principal economist in Labour Market and Sociometrics. Andreas holds a M.Sc. degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen and has many years of experience especially within labour economics and quantitative methods. He currently works at the Danish think tank Kraka and has previously been employed at the Ministry of Employment and The Danish Labour Market Commission. For more information, contact Director Esben Anton Schultz.

  • Mar

    Mikkel Havelund joins DAMVAD

    Mikkel Havelund, director for analysis at Advice joins DAMVAD as director for our qualitative education analysis. Mikkel is experienced in conducting analysis and strategies, and has extensive experience in applying different methodological setups, e.g. evaluation design and ethnography but also more quantitative methodologies. For more information, contact CEO Kristian Mørk Puggaard.

  • Mar

    Newsletter Analyzes on Labour Market Policy

    The Danish National Labour Market Authority (Styrelsen for Arbejdsmarked og Rekruttering) has asked DAMVAD to conduct analyzes for their newsletter ‘Nyhedsbrevet Jobindsats’, in relation to their web-based benchmarking tool The aim of the newsletter is to put focus on new and interesting measures on the effects of labour market initiatives. The newsletter is published quarterly and DAMVAD will contribute with analyzes until the end of 2015. For more information, contact Consultant Christian Albèr.

  • Mar

    High Return on R&D investment

    Pharmadanmark just published an article based on the forthcoming DAMVAD report “Economic impacts of business investments in R&D in the Nordic countries”. Read the article here. For more information contact Economist Asbjørn Boye Knudsen.

  • Mar

    PhDs at Danish University Colleges

    University Colleges Denmark have asked DAMVAD to conduct an analysis to support their PhD-strategy for 2022. The analysis will map the current PhD system in terms of financial structures, educational structures, priorities  etc. The goal is to highlight where and how University Colleges Denmark can achieve their goal in terms of up scaling the number of PhDs among teaching staff primarily by external recruiting. For more information contact Consultant Alberte Glob Nielsen.