Unions, Productivity and Technology

In this project, we want to examine in more detail how the productivity development in Norwegian enterprises is linked to technological development and changes in the strength of the cooperation between the social partners at the micro level. We will also study how technological developments both influence and can be influenced by trade unions.

Nordic Street-Level Integration Work
Fafo coordinates a Nordic network of researchers within the field of Street-Level Integration Work. A focus on what happens at the street-level, in the operationalization of policy to practice and in interaction with concrete individuals, provides important contributions to the how and why of integration work and outcomes of integration efforts in the Nordic countries. The network organizes a workshop-series designed to promote, develop, and support collaborative research on integration work in street-level organizations in the Nordic countries.
Food aid in Norway

Fafo and ISF will together explore the Norwegian food aid system.

Mapping of the home delivery industry
This project combines quantitative and qualitative methods to map the home delivery industry. We will prepare an overview of the largest companies, the use of self-employed and employees, and wages and working conditions.
Skills reform for workers: What can we learn from the Nordic Countries?

Fafo skal lage en kunnskapsoversikt over kompetansepolitiske tiltak rettet mot faglært og ufaglært arbeidskraft i de nordiske landene de siste 10-15 årene. Oversikten skal også si noe om erfaringer med ulike typer tiltak.

Long shifts with a reduced need for temporary workers

R&D project on the health and care sector incorporates absence prediction into the staffing plans so that the need to hire extra guards is reduced to a minimum. The aim of such staffing plans is to ensure continuity in the services by being able to use permanent staff with the right skills and a high level of presence. The project will document practices in municipalities and hospitals and what experiences they have with staffing plans that can reduce the use of temporary workers when permanent employees are absent. Method: Qualitative interviews at six service locations and a survey of nurse managers.

CaReScreen: A clinical decision support system for cancer rehabilitation

The innovation idea of CaReScreen is to create a future ecosystem for cancer rehabilitation consisting of a clinical decision support system, new rehabilitation services and service models.

Extended staffing in kindergartens

Development project where two municipal kindergartens will increase the permanent staffing by one man-year in order to have more robust staffing that can reduce the need for temporary hires in case of absence. It is also a goal to reduce sickness absence.


The Skills2Capability project is about understanding how skill systems across Europe can reduce the level of skills mismatch in the labour markets. The study addresses this from both a demand side and a supply side perspective to identify how skill systems can better respond to meeting skill demands in a more fluid labour market environment. The project is a collaboration between research institutions in eight European countries. Fafo leads a work package where we will compare countries in how selected VET qualifications adjust to technological change, and how work content/organization interact with changes in VET qualifications.

The role of the master craftsman in the labour market and in skills development in Norway

The research project is about the role of the Master Craftman Qualification in the labour market and in skills development in Norway. The project will compare the Norwegian Master Craftman Qualification with similar qualifications in other countries. It will also provide new knowledge on the impact of the qualification on individual careers and its societal impact in terms of new business establishments and apprenticeships

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