Second Reform Barometer Online Survey

Results are currently being evaluated


We thank all participants for their contribution!

Data and results are expected to be published at this Website in early July 2016.

What was the Survey about?

The Social Inclusion Monitor (SIM) Europe project invited academics and policy experts with expertise for one or more EU countries in the following fields…

  • Poverty Prevention
  • Education
  • Labor Markets
  • Social Cohesion and Non-discrimination
  • Health
  • Inter-generational Justice (Family, Pensions, Environment, R&D, Fiscal Policy)

… to take the Reform Barometer online survey and share their assessment of recent policy reforms.

Why participate?

  • Help advance the EU’s social dimension.
  • Contribute to building a comprehensive high-quality database on recent social policy reforms in the EU that will be made available to the public for free.
  • You may participate anonymously or allow us to make your voice public.
  • All participants will be invited to events where the results will be presented.
  • Be among the first to see the results! You will be informed once the report and the data become available.


About the Reform Barometer

The Social Inclusion Monitor Europe (SIM) Reform Barometer, a joint project by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, the University St. Gallen and the Webster University Vienna, is an unparalleled effort to collect, aggregate and analyze data on social policy reforms. On the basis of an annual online expert survey, the project evaluates governmental initiatives with regard to social issues for each of the 28 EU member states. The Reform Barometer will become one of the most extensive databases of directional social policy change available to date. The dataset will be used for several purposes:

  • Inform European public debate on diverse topics such as reform efforts of single member states or comparisons of member states’ efforts to address social problems.
  • Make available rich data to stakeholders (e.g., European Commission, NGOs, think-tanks) for identifying best practice, but also blaming malpractice and reform gridlock in certain member states.
  • Enable academic researchers to work on a wide array of research questions including the causes and consequences of social policy change and welfare state reform.