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Isabelle

De Voldere

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Generic Skills

B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
Isabelle De Voldere is senior economist at IDEA Consult. She has over 20 years of work experience in both academic and applied policy research and advice. Her work focuses on sectoral and regional competitiveness, industrial organisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Isabelle collaborated and managed several research projects for clients such as the European Commission, Flemish and local governments, sector federations and policy institutes. Since 2008 she has been involved in and has led different projects analyzing the competitiveness of EU industries and regions. She is specifically interested in the role and impact of the creative industries in local and regional development. Since 2006, Isabelle's work has particularly focused on promoting and strengthening the cultural and creative industries at regional and EU level through research, framework analysis, policy support, etc. Through her work, Isabelle continues to identify conditions for the development of strong CCS and on stimulating their contribution to innovation, urban development and socio economic growth. Isabelle collaborated and managed several research projects for clients such as sector organisations, regional and European authorities.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has experience primarily with regional and local development, but many of the projects in her CV also concern urban development.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Transnational exchange and learning are at the core of Isabelle’s work, be that by interacting with stakeholders from different countries and bringing them together to facilitate knowledge exchange and peer learning; by developing case studies and showcases coming from different countries and regions to further inspire policy makers and stakeholders, or by presenting research finding and policy recommendations to representatives of all EU member states at the European Cultural Affairs Council. Having led or participated in numerous projects with international consortia of partners, she has not only a good understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level, but also extensive experience in applying such processes in her own work as well.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The applicant has participated in many transnational exchange and learning activities, as can be primarily seen in her project list in the CV.
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
Continuously working in international projects, Isabelle has full proficiency of the English language. She has extensive experience in report writing in English (many of IDEA’s project reports are written in English), animating workshops in English or giving presentations at international conferences. She is used to participating in and chairing meetings in English, in a multicultural setting.
B3. Assessment: 
1: The applicant is proficient in English as shown in the application and CV.

Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:

C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
As part of Isabelle's work to advice the Flemish government on improving access to finance for cultural and creative actors, she has presented her evaluation of the current financing landscape for culture during a conference for an audience of primarily cultural and creative actors that have limited expertise in financial management but all need the financial means in their cultural entrepreneurial endeavours. Isabelle is an excellent user of prezi and Powerpoint, regularly presents to a non-native English audience. During her presentation, Isabelle makes use of various communication techniques, including visuals, infographics, video, use of simple examples that are recognizable for the audience…
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant is aware of multiple effective communication techniques. While she is not very explicit about her ability to transfer information to non-English speakers, the tools she mentions are convincing.
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Isabelle has led on a number of large scale projects the European Commission, Member State Governments and various EU agencies. During all these projects, knowledge exchange between both project partners and target groups is key for the development of a coherent and relevant project results. Methods used to facilitate this exchange span from project management tools, to monitoring project quality and progress, client feedback to assess satisfaction levels, and providing clear instructions and guidelines.
C3.2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant does not provide examples of outputs produced to support exchange of experiences and knowledge at a transnational level. Rather, she lists some methods for communication within a transnational project.
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Many of the policy reports that Isabelle works on become publicly available, either in full report or management summary. In several projects separate case study reports are available for consultation and learning (e.g. on www.crowdfunding4culture.eu). For closed meetings , focus groups and workshops, meeting notes and presentions used are shared with the participants for purposes of learning and exchange.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple examples of documents she produced to capture learning for participants to take away. There is 1 concrete example, and multiple more abstract examples. If we look at her CV we can see she is experienced enough to have done this more than 2 times.
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
In many of Isabelle's reports, case studies, benchmarks, inspirational showcases, good (policy) practices are included, to inspire readers and clients, to learn from others' practices. All projects include recommendations towards policy makers and often also to other stakeholders, to take action after the analysis. Examples of recent reports with both good practices and policy messages are the evaluation of the European SME instrument, the crowdfunding for culture report and website, the creative value chain report.
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple examples of reports which incorporate good practices and policy messages. After a google search, these reports prove to be relevant.
Assessment: 
0: The applicant is rejected for 'Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities' due to C 1.2. As team member of a small niche organisation that is strongly networked internationally and regularly works for transnational organisations, Isabelle has participated and led numerous transnational projects, taking up several roles from researcher to strategic policy advisor and project leader managing international consortia of partners and multinational stakeholder groups. In the last year she was e.g. involved as expert in the expert evaluation of the European SME Instrument (for the European Commission - DG GROW, she also led the European projects (for the European Commission - DG EAC) on the use of crowdfunding in culture and the mapping of Creative Value Chains in the digital age. Focusing only on the crowdfunding project as an example, Isabelle managed the design and launch of the online website and information hub on crowdfunding for culture (www.crowdfunding4culture.eu), moderated several transnational expert groups, organised an online stakeholder consultation and discussion in a co-creation process to come to broadly supported policy recommendations, conducted several case studies and organised a multi-stakeholder conference in June 2016 bringing together both cultural actors, crowdfunding platforms and policy makers to learn from each other and exchange experiences in this new and highly dynamic market of crowdfunding in culture. In many of Isabelle's reports, case studies, benchmarks, inspirational showcases and good (policy) practices are included.

Thematic expertise:

Theme / Policy: 
Arts and Culture
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Isabelle De Voldere works as a senior economist at IDEA Consult. She has over 20 years of work experience in both academic and applied policy research. Her expertise lies in research on sectoral and regional competitiveness, industrial organisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. In the last 10 years she has developed a particular interest in analyzing and strengthening the competitiveness of professional cultural and creative actors, including improving the framework conditions and access to finance for freelancers, micro-enterprises and other creative entrepreneurs. She was project leader of several recent European studies on the economics of cultural and creative sectors such as the “Survey on access to finance for cultural and creative sectors” (providing input to the EC and the EIF to refine the in 2016 launched CCS guarantee facility in the Creative Europe programme), "Creative Value Chains in the digital era" and "Crowdfunding: reshaping the crowd's engagement in culture". Isabelle obtained the degree of commercial engineer at Catholic University Leuven in 1996. Previous to her work at IDEA Consult, she has been researcher at the Vlerick Management School and Catholic University of Leuven (Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics).
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has more than two years of experience in the field of Arts and Culture, specifically related to the economics of cultural and creative sectors.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Isabelle was main author of numerous international research and policy reports, among others the recently published studies "Creative value chains in the digital era" and "crowdfunding: reshaping the crowd's engagement in culture".
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides examples of reports, but it is not clear how these were used to feed the learning process at a transnational level.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Isabelle was main author of numerous international research and policy reports, among others the recently published studies "Creative value chains in the digital era" and "crowdfunding: reshaping the crowd's engagement in culture".
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides two relevant examples of reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages for a wider audience of city practitioners and policy-makers.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Isabelle managed the design and launch of the online website and information hub on crowdfunding for culture (www.crowdfunding4culture.eu), moderated several transnational expert groups, organised an online stakeholder consultation and discussion in a co-creation process to come to broadly supported policy recommendations, conducted several case studies and organised a multi-stakeholder conference in June 2016 bringing together both cultural actors, crowdfunding platforms and policy makers to learn from each other and exchange experiences in this new and highly dynamic market of crowdfunding in culture. During and after the project, Isablele gave workshops on the use of crowdfunding (for CCS actors) and matchfunding (for policy makers) at several occassions such as the NEMO annual conference, ERRIN workshop, etc. In many of Isabelle's reports, case studies, benchmarks, inspirational showcases and good (policy) practices are included.
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides 1 example of how she maximised the use of project results through a website, workshops, and presentations at conferences.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Isabelle De Voldere works as a senior economist at IDEA Consult. She has over 20 years of work experience in both academic and applied policy research. Her expertise lies in research on sectoral and regional competitiveness, industrial organisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Isabelle collaborated and managed several research projects for clients such as the European Commission, regional and local governments, sector federations and policy institutes. In the last 10 years she has developed a particular interest in analyzing and strengthening the competitiveness of professional cultural and creative actors, including improving the framework conditions and access to finance for freelancers, micro-enterprises and other creative entrepreneurs. She was project leader of several recent European studies on the economics of cultural and creative sectors such as the “Survey on access to finance for cultural and creative sectors” (providing input to the EC and the EIF to refine the in 2016 launched CCS guarantee facility in the Creative Europe programme), "Creative Value Chains in the digital era" and "Crowdfunding: reshaping the crowd's engagement in culture". Between 2015 and 201, she provided strategic advice to the Flemish government to develop a policy framework to improve access to finance for cultural and creative actors, including access to microfinance and so-called ‘social or informal’ finance ((corporate) giving, crowdfunding, impact investing).
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the thematic field 'Arts and Culture'. The summary is concise and coherent with the CV.
Theme / Policy: 
Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Isabelle De Voldere works as a senior economist at IDEA Consult. She has over 20 years of work experience in both academic and applied policy research. Her expertise lies in research on sectoral and regional competitiveness, industrial organisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Isabelle collaborated and managed several research projects for clients such as the European Commission, Flemish and local governments, sector federations and policy institutes. Since 2008 she has been involved in and has led different projects analyzing the competitiveness of EU industries, such as the eco-industries, tourism industry, fashion industries, and studies analyzing among others the impact of EU business related services industries on the competitiveness of manufacturing industries and the role of tourism SMEs in global value chains. In the last 10 years she has developed a particular interest in analyzing and strengthening the competitiveness of professional cultural and creative actors, including improving the framework conditions and access to finance for freelancers, micro-enterprises and other creative entrepreneurs. Isabelle obtained the degree of commercial engineer at Catholic University Leuven in 1996. Previous to her work at IDEA Consult, she has been researcher at the Vlerick Management School and Catholic University of Leuven (Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics).
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has around 10 years of experience in the field of entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Publicly available research reports (EC website): - Survey on access to finance for cultural and creative sectors - Competitiveness of the European tourism industry - Does the European SME Instrument deliver growth and jobs? - Creative value chains in the digital era
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides examples of reports, but it is not clear how these were used to feed the learning process at a transnational level.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Publicly available research reports (EC website): - Survey on access to finance for cultural and creative sectors - Competitiveness of the European tourism industry - Does the European SME Instrument deliver growth and jobs? - Creative value chains in the digital era
D3 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides multiple relevant examples of reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages for a wider audience of city practitioners and policy-makers.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
- Does the European SME Instrument deliver growth and jobs?: sharing of the report and company case studies online on social media and within network of contacts of policy makers (regional, European), financing and industrial sectors, companies - Creative value chains in the digital era: sharing of the final report online, online stakeholder disucssion on the policy recommendations, presentation of the project results and recommendations at the European Cultural Affairs Council and the annual MIDEM Conference 2017
D4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provides 2 examples of how she maximised the use of project results online, through workshops, and presentations at conferences.
Summary Thematic expertise: 
Isabelle De Voldere works as a senior economist at IDEA Consult. She has over 20 years of work experience in both academic and applied policy research. Her expertise lies in research on sectoral and regional competitiveness, industrial organisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Isabelle collaborated and managed several research projects for clients such as the European Commission, Flemish and local governments, sector federations and policy institutes. Since 2008 she has been involved in and has led different projects analyzing the competitiveness of EU industries, such as the eco-industries, tourism industry, fashion industries, and studies analyzing among others the impact of EU business related services industries on the competitiveness of manufacturing industries and the role of tourism SMEs in global value chains. In the last 10 years she has developed a particular interest in analyzing and strengthening the competitiveness of professional cultural and creative actors, including improving the framework conditions and access to finance for freelancers, micro-enterprises and other creative entrepreneurs. Isabelle obtained the degree of commercial engineer at Catholic University Leuven in 1996. Previous to her work at IDEA Consult, she has been researcher at the Vlerick Management School and Catholic University of Leuven (Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics).
Assessment: 
1: The applicant is validated for the thematic field 'Entrepreneurship and competitive SMEs. The summary is concise and coherent with her CV
Theme / Policy: 
Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Isabelle De Voldere is senior expert at IDEA Consult. She has over 20 years of experience in policy research and advice. Her expertise lies in research on sectoral and regional competitiveness, industrial organisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Since 2008 she led several multidimensional impact assessments of strategic research centres (among others in the context of evaluations) such as imec (BE), Holst centre (NL), VITO (BE) and the 10 largest RTO members of EARTO (the European Association of RTOs). Her expertise focuses specifically on the analysis and evaluation of the economic, catalytic and societal impact of these organisations' research activities and supporting services towards companies, policy makers and the broad public. Isabelle currently also supports the Flemish government in evaluating and restructuring the science communication and STEM-ecosystem, to increase the impact of science communication actors on the inflow of STEM profiles on the labour market. Isabelle obtained the degree of commercial engineer at Catholic University Leuven in 1996. Previous to her work at IDEA Consult, she has been researcher at the Vlerick Management School and Catholic University of Leuven (Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics).
D1 Assessment: 
1: The applicant has around 10 years of experience in the field of Research, innovation and knowledge economy.
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
Publicly available research reports: - Economic impact of the leading European RTOs - Does the European SME Instrument deliver growth and jobs? Ongoing project: - evaluation of the science centre Technopolis, including an international benchmark with science centres and science communication networks abroad
D2 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides examples of reports, but it is not clear how these were used to feed the learning process at a transnational level.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
Publicly available research reports: - Does the European SME Instrument deliver growth and jobs? Includes case studies of companies that obtained PhaseII funding in the SME Instrument Ongoing project: - evaluation of the science centre Technopolis, including an international benchmark with science centres and science communication networks abroad
D3 Assessment: 
0: The applicant provides only one example of a report that incorporates learning from exchange and learning activities.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
Publicly available research reports: - Economic impact of the leading European RTOs -> presentation (by IDEA colleague) of the study results during the annual EARTO Day March 2018 - Does the European SME Instrument deliver growth and jobs? Includes case studies of companies that obtained PhaseII funding in the SME Instrument - actively shared online through company website and social media
D4 Assessment: 
0: The examples of outputs have either been produced by a colleague, or are not clearly explained. A more extensive description is needed to provide judgment on whether this is sufficient. sabelle De Voldere is senior expert at IDEA Consult. She has over 20 years of experience in policy research and advice. Her expertise lies in research on sectoral and regional competitiveness, industrial organisation, innovation and entrepreneurship. Since 2008 she led several multidimensional impact assessments of strategic research centres (among others in the context of evaluations) such as imec (BE), Holst centre (NL), VITO (BE) and the 10 largest RTO members of EARTO (the European Association of RTOs). Her expertise focuses specifically on the analysis and evaluation of the economic, catalytic and societal impact of these organisations' research activities and supporting services towards companies, policy makers and the broad public. Isabelle currently also supports the Flemish government in evaluating and restructuring the science communication and STEM-ecosystem, to increase the impact of science communication actors on the inflow of STEM profiles on the labour market. Isabelle obtained the degree of commercial engineer at Catholic University Leuven in 1996. Previous to her work at IDEA Consult, she has been researcher at the Vlerick Management School and Catholic University of Leuven (Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics).
Assessment: 
0: The applicant was rejected for the thematic field of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Economy due to D.2, D.3 and D.4.

Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies

E.1 Assessment: 
0: no information provided
E.2 Assessment: 
0: no information provided
E.3 Assessment: 
0: no information provided
E.4 Assessment: 
0: no information provided
Assessment: 
0: The applicant has only provided a summary and did not fill out the specific questions. Therefore she is not validated for 'Delivering Integrated and participatory policies.' Isabelle has supported and advised numerous authorities (local, regional, national, European) on policy issues in the domains of culture, economic development and innovation. She supports policy makers in all phases of the policy development cycle, from researching new policy topics to monitoring, evaluation and restructuring policy instruments and support. In her work she always adopts an ecosystem perspective, having specific attention for sufficient stakeholder involvement throughout the process to ensure both validation of research work and ensure public support (also for later implementation). She is familiar with all concepts of policy evaluation (construction of theory of change, impact value chain, etc), stakeholder mappings, several interactive brainstorm and strategy development techniques such as world café, investigative inquiry, scenario planning, SWOT, foresight analysis.

Informations

Residence location:
Belgium
Languages:
Dutch - Mother tongue
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Email:
isabelle.devoldere@ideaconsult.be

Area of expertise