The main target of the project is to review the state-of-the-art of the existing indicators monitoring the multidimensional phenomena of poverty and social exclusion - the Laeken indicators including their relation to social cohesion. Special emphasis will be put on methodological aspects of indicators and especially on their impact on policy making. This will include quality aspects as well as mathematical and statistical properties within a framework of a complex survey in the context of practical needs and peculiarities. The relevance and importance of these methods can be drawn from the methodological principals of the Social Protection Committee (SPC, 2001:report on indicators in the field of poverty and social exclusion). Further, a clear definition of social cohesion to be used as the basis for work under the AMELI project and focusing on the Laeken indicators will be elaborated by the consortium. This definition will take into consideration relevant SPC or Eurostat work.
The work package's output will furnish relevant methodological aspects to be considered within the AMELI project. Special emphasis will be laid on practical issues such as impact of outliers, and possible gaps of statistical adequacy. The study will consider results from other projects in the AMELI area, e.g. KEI and other FP5-projects focusing on Laeken indicators, indicator methodology or quality measurement.
The work will consider three main aspects:
- State-of-the-art of Laeken indicators and the corresponding methodology .
- Review of the latest developments and investigation of its impact on AMELI including the definition of social cohesion .
- Impact of AMELI methodology on other indicator areas.