Project Title

2021 APEC Forum on Social Dialogue as a Tool to Address Labour Market Challenges 

Project Year

2020   

Project Number

HRD 06 2020A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

HRD 06 2020A 

Project Title

2021 APEC Forum on Social Dialogue as a Tool to Address Labour Market Challenges 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: General Fund 

Project Year

2020 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

56,000 

Co-funding Amount

20,000 

Total Project Value

76,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Human Resource Development Working Group (HRDWG) 

Topics

Human Resources Development 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

New Zealand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Canada; Chile; China; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei 

Expected Start Date

01/02/2021 

Expected Completion Date

30/04/2022 

Project Proponent Name 1

Jessica Russell 

Job Title 1

Senior Policy Adviser, International Labour Policy 

Organization 1

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(64-4) 9013826 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

Jessica.Russell@mbie.govt.nz 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Jessica Russell 

Project Summary

There is widespread interest across APEC economies in how to best achieve sustainable, inclusive growth.   As APEC economies seek to recover from the social and economic impact of COVID-19, social dialogue mechanisms can play a key role in for promoting consensus and cohesion and building longer term labour market recovery.

This project will examine how different types and institutional forms of social dialogue can support resilience and responsiveness in times of crisis as well as for more long term issues such as challenges posed by the future of work. It will involve a survey of APEC economies to identify:

·  different forms of social dialogue used,  the benefits of social dialogue for various labour market situations and key factors associated with successful and sustained social dialogue,

·  whether there is any correlation between economies that have advanced social dialogue functions and their labour market resilience, and

·  whether social dialogue practices have continued as is during the COVID-19 situation, or evolved in response to it.

This will be followed by a virtual two-day online event involving expert speakers to share practices and experiences of social dialogue across APEC economies that promotes effective and equitable problem solving and more adaptable, resilient labour markets. A post-event report will build on the issues paper and include any conclusions and recommendations from the online event.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: The International Labour Organisation (ILO) states that around 93%[1]  of the global workforce has been affected by lockdown measures taken by Governments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It estimates that reductions in global working hours of 14% is the equivalent of 400m FTE jobs or an estimated 1.25 billion workers. This is almost 38% of the global workforce, with workers otherwise employed in sectors that are now facing a severe decline in output, and a high risk of workforce displacement. As labour markets emerge from the initial response to the pandemic and begin to adjust to post-COVID economies in the medium-longer term, mechanisms to assist with adjustment and promote a job-rich recovery will be increasingly important.

Both the ILO and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) highlight[2] that social dialogue mechanisms can be a useful tool to build consensus, and strengthen adaptation and resilience to labour market disruptions, such as those forecast to be seen with the future of work. Social dialogue in this context includes all types of negotiation, consultation or simply exchange of information between representatives of governments, employers and workers, and other relevant actors on issues of common interest relating to economic and social policy. Social dialogue can encourage different actors to collaborate and plan for more consensual, responsive and stable outcomes based on diverse perspectives and information. The need for such mechanisms is likely to be increased with the prospect of prolonged global labour market disruption, unemployment and business uncertainty. In making a post-COVID recovery more sustainable, inclusive and productive, it will be important for businesses, workers, unions, civil society and government to work together at the national, sector and workplace level, and even regional level.

This project will therefore focus on how social dialogue can help adaptation to, and the management of, effective policy responses to the challenges posed by crises such as COVID-19 (job displacement, working-hours lost, impact on informal workers, young workers and women), as well as more long-term issues such as the future of work (rapid globalization, technological change, climate change and demographic change - changing patterns of work). It aims to share knowledge across APEC economies in understanding effective social dialogue approaches to driving labour market recovery through the collation of information from APEC members and sharing of information from multi-stakeholder perspectives. This will help identify effective elements and mechanisms across different contexts.

In particular, the project will demonstrate current approaches, highlight those considered by participating economies to be effective in specific situations, and identify key considerations in maintaining social dialogue processes. It is expected to facilitate dialogue and cooperation among participants, who will then be able to align individual approaches and improve their social dialogue mechanisms. The practices shared during this project will be focused on how social dialogue and labour market recovery go side by side. Where possible, the project will use actual case studies to explore lessons learnt from using social dialogue during labour markets recovery, noting that many economies may still be dealing with the pandemic.

The online event will focus on increasing the understanding of the challenges to APEC economies labour markets recovery in a post COVID-19 pandemic environment. It will discuss whether economies within the region with advanced social dialogue mechanisms have seen this aide in their labour markets resilience and whether social dialogue practices have continued as is during the COVID-19 situation, or evolved in response to it.

A report will be thereafter developed to share experiences with APEC Economies based on the achievement of the above activity. An emphasis will be put on how to promote sustainable, inclusive development, and effectively incorporate indigenous perspectives.

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: The project falls under the following priority areas of the APEC Support Fund (General Fund); addressing social dimension of Globalisation and Developing Human Capital. The project will be partly funded by New Zealand. The project supports the APEC economies interest in the post COVID pandemic recovery, including how to harness the benefits different social dialogue mechanisms can provide in a labour markets recovery.

Relevance – Capacity Building: Economies in the region are striving to understand how they can best respond to and mitigate the current challenges facing labour markets, including those caused by COVID-19. The exchange and sharing of information and experiences of effective social dialogue mechanisms among APEC economies through this project will build and enhance APEC economies’ knowledge base and, in-turn, their social dialogue infrastructure and so contribute to the sustainable and equitable social and economic development of the region. The project online event will bring together researchers, policy makers and administrators from APEC economies to share current thinking and research on how social dialogue mechanisms can mitigate the labour market challenges posed by crisis situations such as economic shocks or COVID-19, or those arising in  the longer term response to the  future of work. The online event aims to build the capacity of participants to harness the benefits of social dialogue through:

·   showing practical ways of facilitating social dialogue between different actors, adding to the knowledge base of member economies on social dialogue policy options,

·  better understanding  the interplay between social  dialogue mechanisms and different types of  labour market challenge, and

·  increasing understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the region’s labour markets and whether existing social dialogue mechanisms have prevailed, or if new mechanisms are being developed as a tool for recover.

The collation of diverse experiences of social dialogue and, in particular, factors seen to be associated with social dialogue mechanisms that successfully address human-resource and labour market related issues, will particularly enable developing  economies to leverage best practice examples and lessons learned when designing systems fit for purpose in terms of their own situations. Building on the experiences of others presents a cost-effective means for developing economies to design systems for consultation, dialogue and consensus-building where these are seen as useful in addressing social and economic issues of particular relevance and building the institutional capacity to deal with them.



[1] ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work. Fifth edition. Updated estimates and analysis 30 June 2020.

[2] OEDC / ILO: THEMATIC BRIEF – Achieving Decent Work and Inclusive Growth: The Business Case for Social Dialogue; OECD / ILO: Building Trust in a Changing World - The Global Deal for Decent Work and Inclusive Growth Flagship Report 2018

Objectives

To strengthen and enhance the knowledge base and capacity of APEC economies, especially developing economies,  of social dialogue mechanisms as tools of communication, consensus building, policy and resilience to meet labour market challenges, in particular recovery from the impact of COVID-19 and adaptation to the longer-term challenges of the future of work.  Expected outcomes; better knowledge and awareness of different existing social dialogue mechanisms; an increased understanding of the common factors associated with effective and successful social dialogue; to determine whether economies that have advanced social dialogue also have more resilient labour markets; and whether social dialogue practices have continued as is during the COVID-19 situation, or evolved in response.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC: There is strong alignment of the project with the 2010 Human Resource Development Ministerial Meeting highlighting “the importance of involvement at the domestic level of social partners through social dialogue in formulation human resource development policies” and that “approaches to inclusive growth vary given the diversity among APEC economies”, as well as the need to “share and learn from each other’s experience and implement policies that are best suited to our individual economic circumstances”. There is also an alignment with the 2015 Leaders’ Declaration under the “Building Inclusive Economies, Building a Better World” theme, in which Leaders recognised the “significance of enabling the full participation of all sectors and segments of our society”. 

This project responds to the goal of human resources development in APEC, to promote the well-being of all people and achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the region and the Action Agenda on Advancing Economic, Financial and Social Inclusion to strengthen human resource development policies for the digital age and the future of work. 

Alignment – Forum: The project contributes to the HRDWG’s goal to “address the social dimension of globalisation”  by gathering evidence and best practice on the utilisation of social dialogue to guide labour market policy development and assist  economies to address disruptions arising from the challenges facing the world of work. The project supports the HRDWG’s 2017-2020 Strategic Plan objective to foster strong and flexible labour markets, and responds to the APEC Framework on Human Resources Development in the Digital Age to boost the regional cooperation for the Future of Work in the digital age and labour market policy implications. 

The proposed discussion paper and online event intends to:

·  promote regional APEC policy discussions exploring different social dialogue mechanisms that support the development of policies in the changing world of work and to assist in labour market recovery; and

.  promote access to social dialogue mechanisms across economies for women, indigenous populations, and other stakeholders.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs: 

a) Pre-event survey to collect information on whether there is any correlation between economies that have advanced social dialogue functions and their labour market resilience, and whether social dialogue practices have continued during the COVID-19 pandemic, or evolved in response to it. The survey will help identify key issues of interest to APEC economies within the subject area, potential case studies, and social dialogue approaches that have worked well in responding to labour market challenges. The survey will be sent to APEC Members requesting information around social dialogue mechanisms within their economy. This will aid in identifying case studies to be developed for part of the agenda for the online event.

b) Research and Issues paper: This paper will feed into the post-event report and, as such, will not be a separate document. The consultant will bring together from the survey results, 4-6 case studies of APEC members’ social dialogue experiences and practises for development and inclusion in the issues paper. They will also provide a synopsis of international practice, setting the case studies and overall findings within into a cohesive narrative. The paper will be circulated to event participants prior to the online event as a basis for discussion. Topics the report will cover will include:

i. An overview of social dialogue mechanisms used internationally, including how different types and institutional forms of social dialogue can support resilience and responsiveness in times of crisis as well as for more long term issues such as Future of Work opportunities

ii. Case studies of effective approaches to social dialogue and steps taken by governments to facilitate this, and the use of social dialogue mechanisms applied to in response to the labour market effects of COVID-19 on regional economies.

c) Two-day online two-day event on approaches to social dialogue and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected labour markets, and the challenges for labour agencies to respond. This will share experiences of promising social dialogue mechanisms and facilitation steps taken by governments; explore case studies of effective approaches to labour market recovery through social dialogue, with a focus on recovery from the impacts seen from COVID-19. The online event will be informed by the pre-event survey results on the experience with social dialogue mechanisms in APEC economies and will also include lessons from economies and experts outside the APEC region. It will also seek to discover whether there is any correlation between advanced social dialogue functions and an economy’s labour market resilience, and whether social dialogue practices have continued as is during the COVID-19 situation, or evolved in response to it.  The online even will be the one of the contributing components to the post-event report. The first day will involve a three hour session; the second day a two hour session.  

d)  Post-event report building on the issues paper and setting out the online event discussions in an issues-based narrative, including presenting any conclusions and recommendations coming out of the online event discussions. The post-event Report will be approximately 60 pages in length and will be completed by the Research Consultant with oversight by the Project Overseer. 

Outcomes:

a)  Better knowledge and awareness by APEC members of the different existing social dialogue mechanisms used across the region and of the factors associated with the effective and successful use of social dialogue mechanisms. This would include whether mechanisms are long-standing or created for specific situations, their composition and whether they target specific social groups in collecting and reflecting the views of such groups, or focus on larger grouping such as employers or workers only. We will seek to measure this outcome through the results of the post-event questionnaire on how the sharing of economies’ experiences and practices with social dialogue during the online event has increased participants’ understanding of social dialogue and the different mechanisms it can take.

b) An increased understanding of whether economies that have advanced social dialogue also have more resilient labour markets. The process of the online event highlighting different practices will give participating economies the opportunity to showcase what works in their domestic system, recognising differences in approaches to social dialogue across APEC members. Should participants view a practice as potentially useful in their economy, they will already have points of contacts with regional stakeholders that can implement those goals who will be able to provide information and support.  We will measure this outcome by including questions in the pre-event survey.

c) Increased understandings as to how social dialogue mechanisms can assist APEC economies’ labour markets tackle challenges such as those seen from COVID-19 and the future of work. We will seek to measure this outcome through the results of the post-online event survey on the degree to which sharing experiences and best practice during the online event has increased participants’ understanding of the role of social dialogue in labour market recovery in a post COVID-19 environment and whether this has increased their willingness to adopt new means or modes of social dialogue.

d) Increased APEC cross fora collaboration on approaches to social dialogue as a means of addressing economic and labour market issues. We will measure an increase in cross fora collaboration by taking a record of the numbers of delegates attending from each APEC fora. We will also look to share knowledge of approaches to social dialogue across EC and PPWE and include questions in the post-event survey on how the project increased cross fora collaboration.

Beneficiaries: 

a)  Short-term: the primary beneficiaries of the project will be the participants from APEC member economies in the survey and online event including government departments responsible for labour, skills and employment policy. Those engaged in the online event are intended to be senior officials with relevant experience in policy design in labour, skills and employment. Additionally, participants from non-governmental organisations, such as union, business-groups, the ILO, OECD, including subject matter experts and researchers, will be invited to participate in the online event to share experiences and learn from participating economies.

b) Medium-term: the secondary beneficiaries will be a wider audience including officials and others who were unable to attend the live online event but able to access the discussion paper and report as well as through the dissemination of information from direct participants.    

c)  Longer-term: the longer term beneficiaries include those groups (for example, women, indigenous groups, visible minorities) that may benefit from increased or improved use of social dialogue as a means of confronting social, economic and labour market issues in APEC economies. Benefits will accrue if the use of social dialogue mechanisms results in a wider spectrum of views informing policy formulation or responses, more effective responses that include the needs of those groups, as well as in the form of increased social license. This would particularly be the case for non-crisis related issues such as challenges arising from the future of work where long range adjustments will be required. More generally, the future work informed (and potentially recommended) by the project and online event including APEC cross- fora reports.

Dissemination

The project will result in the publication of a report titled “Social Dialogue as a tool to address labour market challenges in the APEC region” on APEC’s website. We will also request APEC members to publish the report on their relevant websites including government departments responsible for labour, skills and employment policy and share it with relevant stakeholders including worker and business groups. The target audience will be agencies within APEC member economies responsible for labour and employment including policy makers.

There is no intention to sell outputs arising from the project.

Gender

The online event will contribute most directly to the ‘leadership, voice and agency’ pillar of the Gender Criteria (as well as indirectly to other pillars such as skills, capacity building and health) by demonstrating how social dialogue mechanisms can aid women’s voices and perspectives recognised and used in formulating labour market responses and policy. Social dialogue works best when it contains a diversity of voices and participation by women in social dialogue can bring both greater attention to gender issues and  be a tool for addressing broader gender issues at both economy and business level. Partnering economies will therefore be encouraged to highlight examples that focus on strengthening and increasing the equal opportunity of women to participate in social dialogue mechanisms.

The organisation of theonline event will promote gender balance principles, both regarding nominated participants and invited speakers.  The online event organisers will aim to achieve a 40% share of female attendees and 40% share of expert speakers at the online event. Evaluation of the online event will be carried out by a review of: participants statistics (attendance by economy and gender); and the results of an evaluation questionnaire following the online event.

The PO is committed to collect sex-disaggregated data for all speakers and participants (and not only the APEC funded) from the project event. This data will be included as part of the submission of the Project Completion Report to the Secretariat when the project completes and will serve to guide future POs on their own gender parity targets.

Work Plan

·    Procurement steps, contractor related milestones and deliverables.

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

February 2021

BMC approval received

BMC approval

February 2021

Start direct contracting process for a consultant to draft a survey on APEC economies’ experience with different social dialogue mechanisms.

Issue request for consultant as per MBIE contracting process.

Draft contract (self- funded)

Request contracting bids (survey self-

funded)

February - March 2021

Start contracting process for research consultant to draft the issues paper, present at the online event and provide a written post-event report

Draft RFP contract for research consultant (APEC funded)

March 2021

Submit RFP to PD for review (APEC funded)

Submit RFP to PD (APEC funded)

End of March 2021

Evaluate and identify preferred self-funded consultant (survey)

Research consultant identified (self-

funded)

End of March 2021

PD approves RFP. Request bids from potential consultants by promoting RFP.

Approved RFP circulated (APEC funded)

End of April 2021

Survey to identify case studies and key challenges facing APEC economies labour markets as a result of COVID (this will be used to identify 4-6 case studies)

Draft survey delivered to PO and co-sponsors

April 2021

Establish evaluation panel consisting of 3 or more co-sponsors

Establish evaluation panel

April 2021

Evaluate and identify preferred APEC funded research consultant

Evaluation panel identifies preferred consultant.

May 2021

Submit contracting request paperwork for research consultant to Secretariat processing and approval

Submit contracting request to Secretariat

(APEC funded)

May 2021

PO & co-sponsors approve survey, PO submits survey to PD

Survey finalised

May – June 2021

Survey issued to APEC member economies on “social dialogue as a tool to address labour market challenges” and collated results provided to PO

PD circulates survey to APEC member economies

May – June 2021

APEC funded consultant signs contract and starts independent research

APEC funded consultant contracted & starts research

June – July 2021

Cohesive collation of survey results by self – funded contractor submitted to PO

Collate project survey

April – July 2021

Event planning continues.

Develop programme and identify participants and expert speakers

Event timeline submitted

June - July 2021

APEC Funded consultant starts pre-event issues papers

Start issues paper

July - August 2021

Survey results provided to PO & shared with APEC funded consultant

Issues paper analysis

End of August 2021

Deliver 1st draft of the Issues paper to PO and co-sponsors

Draft issues paper submitted

August 2021

1.    

General Information Circular (GI) submitted for Secretariat review and approval

Identify participants & review expert speaker and participant nominations from members, if any Issue and request the members of HRDWG, EC and other  fora and agencies to identify representatives who can directly contribute to the issue and/or policy-makers to join the online event, as per event timeline form Draft programme circulated

General Information Circular (GI) submitted

Finalise programme

2.     Finalise invitation list

August 2021

Send the proposed Online Event Speakers and Participants List for Secretariat approval

Approve invitation list

September 2021

Issue invitations, as per event timeline form

Issue invitations

Gather RSVPs

1 October 2021

Submit the APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

Mid-October 2021

Consultant submits final version of the issues paper to PO for review and sign off

PO endorses issues paper

November 2021

Circulate final version of consultant’s issues paper for consideration prior to online event.

 PD shares issues paper with fora members

End of November 2021

Hold 2-day online event

Deliver Issues paper presentation at the online event – presentation to include scope and objectives of the research, rationale of selected case studies and summary of the discussion points.

Issue evaluation questionnaire

Completed online event

Evaluation questionnaire issued

December 2021

Complete post online event evaluation tasks including funding reimbursement requests, as per event timeline form

Post event tasks completed

14 January 2022

Consultant delivers 1st draft of the post-event report to PO and co-sponsors

1st draft of the Post-event report

31 January 2022

Feedback provided on the post-event report from PO and co-sponsors

Post event report revised

28 February 2022

Consultant delivers final draft of the post-event report to PO and co-sponsors

Post-event report approved by PO & co-sponsors

1 March 2022

Submission of final version of the post-event to PD

Post-event report completed

March 2022

Final check all payments received and made

All disbursements completed

April 2022

Project Completion Date

End Project

April 2022

Prepare APEC Project Completion Report

Start APEC Project Completion Report

June 2022

Submit APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents

APEC Project Completion Report

June 2023

Participation in the Long -Term Evaluation of APEC Projects conducted by the Secretariat

Risks

a)  Lack of participants: Project overseers will be in close contact with speakers and participants throughout the process. We will engage participants in the survey, issues paper before the event and ensure an invitation to the online event is issued well in advance. We will also ensure New Zealand can provide back-up speakers in the event of any late speaker cancellation.

b)  Lack of appropriate speakers: If expert speakers are unavailable, New Zealand will focus speaker engagement on the case studies provided by APEC member economies. Criteria used to select expert speakers will include their experience in the use of social dialogue mechanisms as either practitioners or acknowledged academic experts in the topic, demonstrated through widely published research. Alternatively, representatives of tripartite or other bodies that regularly engage in, or promote, social dialogue processes could be included.  

c) The project team will draw on experts and consultants from government, academia, NGOs, and business as for presenters and work with HRDWG delegates to incorporate partners and presenters from other member economies. The timing and duration of the online event will also take into account participants’ time zones and the online event will be designed to be as interactive as possible so that the full potential of the online audience / participants can be utilised.

d)  Risk of low quality of post event report: New Zealand will carry out initial desk based research of issues involved in social dialogue so we can work proactively alongside the consultant.  We will also ensure a high level of engagement with APEC member economies in the survey and when developing the issues paper and post event report. This level of engagement guidance will help ensure a high quality post event report that is more readily accepted by APEC members.

e)  Recommendation not taken up by participants following the online event: we will work to ensure the post event report is well disseminated within the relevant APEC ministries and agencies and recommend follow up events.

f)  Inability to reach the goal of achieving at least 40% participation by women in the online event. New Zealand will encourage APEC economies to designate women participants, where possible.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Describe the measures/indicators you will use to measure your project’s outputs (e.g. event participation rates, speakers engaged, recommendations made, reports distributed, etc.) 

a)  At least 10 participants from different APEC economies. As this will be a virtual event, the Project Overseer will seek to ensure the time zone difference between the 21 APEC member economies is considered when scheduling the date and time for the event.

b)  At least three expert speakers.

c)  The survey circulated before the online event (which will ask APEC member economies to identify case studies within their jurisdiction if applicable, issues and lessons learnt in social dialogue) response rate is not less than 40% (seeking information on APEC member economies experience with social dialogue and what they are hoping to learn from the online event). A consultant will be responsible (in consultation with the Project Overseer) for drafting the survey. The Project Overseer will ask the HRDWG Programme Director to circulate the survey to member economies. The consultant will be responsible for collating and analysing the responses. The results will feed into the discussion / issues paper.

d) Issues / discussion paper will include between 4-6 case studies of APEC Member Economies experience of social dialogue mechanisms together with challenges identified, lessons learnt and an assessment of the broader international experience.

e) Evaluation forms issued to all participants attending the online event immediately following the event. Completion rate over 75% with average responses rating the online event good, very good or excellent. The Project Overseer will ask the HRDWG Programme Director to circulate the evaluation forms and the Project Overseer will take responsibility for collecting and analysing the results. The results will be presented to the APEC Secretariat.

f)   Ratio of at least 40 % women participants and speakers.

g)  Timely publication of a high quality post-event report identifying different mechanisms and lessons learnt and means to share these experiences between APEC member economies.

Evaluation Focus

Indicators / target goals

Evaluation Method

Reporting

Outputs

1.     Project survey

Contract executed by 28 February 2021

Certification by PO

Contract

Minimum of 8 economies provide responses

Survey submitted by economy to PD.

Completion report

2.  Issues Paper

The paper must include minimum 4 case studies, collate the challenges identified and complete an Issues Paper of minimum 10 pages including an initial assessment of international best practice. Issues paper to be ready for circulation in the month prior to the event.

Certification by the PO

Contract

Completion Report

3. Online event

A minimum of 10 different economies participate in the virtual event, with minimum 40% of participants being women.

At least 3 expert speakers.

Evaluation form to be completed by participants – success would be achieved if 75% of participants completed and 80% response rate the majority of factors on the evaluation form as “Good”, “Very Good” or “Excellent”.

Event attendance list

Completion Report

4. Post Event report

Full report (approximately 60 pages) is produced and published.

Oversight provided by PO

Email to the Secretariat

5. Project Completion Report

Concise report (approximately 10 pages) is produced.

Submission to the secretariat

Email to the Secretariat

Outcomes

Better knowledge and awareness by APEC members of the different existing social dialogue mechanisms used across the region and of the factors associated with the effective and successful use of social dialogue mechanisms

75 % of participants report knowledge increase

75 % of developing economies report knowledge increase

Post-event survey

Completion Report

Increased understandings as to how social dialogue mechanisms can assist APEC economies’ labour markets tackle challenges such as those seen from COVID-19 and the future of work.

75 % of participants report knowledge increase

75 % of developing economies report knowledge increase

Post-event survey

Completion Report

Increased APEC cross fora collaboration

Minimum of one other committee engagement in the online event

Completion Report

Recommendations on how to implement appropriate social dialogue mechanisms

Minimum of 5 Recommendations

Included in the post-event report

Completion report

Describe the measures/indicators you will use to assess if you have achieved your outcomes (e.g. quantitative and qualitative measures of impact, evidence of change, stakeholder feedback, etc. Tip: consider surveying participants at start and end of project to measure the scale of impact)

a)   Completion rate over 75% of evaluation forms with over 80% of the responses rating the scale of impact to be good, very good or excellent.

b)  The impact of the virtual online event will be measured by issuing a questionnaire before the online event asking what APEC member economies want to achieve from the online event and evaluating that impact through an online event evaluation survey. See response to question 5 ‘Outcomes’ above that sets out how each individual outcome will be measured.

c)   Longer term evaluation of how the outputs of the virtual online event have been used by agencies and contributed to APEC fora work plans and cross fora strategies (participation in the longer term evaluation exercise conducted by the APEC Secretariat).

How will gender impacts be measured? Ensure you collect sex-disaggregated data.

Gender statistics of participants and speakers will be collected. The post online event questionnaire will also include a question(s) on how the online event benefitted participants’ understanding of the role of the role of social dialogue in utilising diverse perspectives in meeting labour market challenges, with a particular focus on gender inclusion and responsiveness.

How will you collect your data (e.g. surveys, meetings, interviews, peer review, records review)?

a) A survey will be sent to all APEC member economies to identity their use of social dialogue mechanisms and collect relevant case studies. It will also include questions about the key interests and lessons sought by economies from the online event.

b) Data specific to the delegates will be collected prior to the  online event (through a questionnaire) including gender, job title, function, agency, and APEC economy they represent.

c) Post-online event evaluation will seek participant feedback on online event content and outcomes, and the extent to which it has achieved its objectives, including encouraging greater use of and more effective means of social dialogue in meeting labour market challenges. 

Linkages

a) This project aligns closely with topics of interest among the HRDWG, the Labour and Social Protection and Capacity Building Networks, and other APEC fora, and the project team will solicit their involvement and contributions towards the report on social dialogue mechanisms.

b) The proposed virtual online event will seek possible collaboration with relevant APEC fora, including the Economic Committee and PPWE. The project will also look to the expertise available and seek involvement from experts in the OECD, the ILO and the European Union. The outcomes from the project will be shared with relevant APEC fora.

c) The virtual online event will look to include both the public and private sectors, including union representatives and relevant business organisation representatives.

·  Previous work: How does this project build on, and avoid duplication of, previous or ongoing APEC initiatives, or those of other organizations working in this area?

Promoting social dialogue has not been fully explored in APEC but it is most relevant to the scope of the HRDWG.   Social dialogue themes have a broad cross-over within fora across APEC. Collaboration with non-APEC stakeholders, such as other international organizations like the OECD and the ILO, will also be incorporated into the project.

·   APEC’s comparative advantage: Why is APEC the best sources of funds for this project?

The subject matter is very topical for APEC economies, with approaches to social dialogue in labour market recovery now even more significant given the disruption caused by COVID-19 across APEC labour markets.  In many ways the pandemic could strengthen the growth of social dialogue mechanisms across the region, with governments keen to harness the opportunities it can present for sustainable, productive and inclusive growth. Unlike other international organisations, APEC’s regional perspective allows for a more focused basis of discussion and dialogue on this issue as well as greater opportunities for learning from and sharing best practice and aligns with the APEC goal of human resource development  in promoting the well-being of all people and achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the region.

Sustainability

The Social Dialogue project will highlight different social dialogue mechanisms to provide practical models for both developed and developing economies. A post-event report will be published which participants can use in their public policy approaches back home to share lessons learnt. Participants in the project survey and online event will gain insights to inform their approaches and will be able to disseminate good practices shared by other participants with colleagues in their host economies.  The guide to promising practices and design principles will provide member economies with an easily accessible APEC resource for policymakers across the region to review when considering initiatives to assist labour market resilience and responsiveness in times of crisis as well as for more long term issues such as Future of Work opportunities. We will endeavour to publish key sessions of the online event online so that officials who were unable to attend can benefit. 

· After project completion, what are the possible next steps to build on its outputs and outcomes? How will you try to ensure these future actions will take place? How will next steps be tracked?

We will ensure the outcomes and recommendations of the project for approaches to social dialogue as a tool to address labour market challenges, feed into, where appropriate, APEC strategies and related future projects in both HRDWG and other fora.

·   How will progress on the outcomes (Question 5) be measured?

We will measure the impact the project has in terms of how its lessons learnt and recommendations contribute to APEC strategies involving the human resource development (see response to question 5 on how this will be measured).

We will use the evaluation survey following the online event to determine participants’ views of the impact the project will have on the policy approaches in their economies (see response to question 5).

We will ensure recommendations from the project will serve to enhance APEC cross fora collaboration into the future when considering approaches to labour market recovery.

Project Overseers

Project Overseer: Jessica Russell is Senior Policy Advisor in the International Labour Policy team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) in New Zealand.  Jessica represents New Zealand in APEC’s Human Resource and Development Working Group.  Jessica has worked in international labour policy for over 10 years and has represented New Zealand at both the International Labour Organization and the United Nations. Jessica will supervise the overall progress of the project.

Michael Hobby is Principal Advisor in the International Labour Policy team, MBIE, New Zealand. He has worked in the international area since 2004 on international trade and labour issues and negotiations as well as representing New Zealand at the International Labour Organization (ILO), APEC and the OECD. He was previously the New Zealand National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Multinational Enterprise Guidelines.    

Lauren Hancock is a graduate policy advisor in the International Labour Policy team, MBIE, New Zealand. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours in history, International Relations and French from Victoria University of Wellington. Lauren provides reports to the ILO on matters relating to New Zealand’s labour policy and advises the New Zealand Government on issues pertaining to modern slavery.

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