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Preparatory study for the ex post evaluation of the ESF 2007-2013

Conducted on behalf of: European Commission: DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

Project Partner: Panteia|

Commenced: December 2012

Project context

The aim of the ESF is to support the Member States in measures related to growth and employment based on the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines, the European Employment Strategy, and the employment Policy Guidelines. As set out in Article 2(2) of the ESF Regulation 1081/2006 among the most prominent tasks is taking into account “the relevant priorities and objectives of the Community in the fields of education and training, increasing the participation of economically inactive people in the labour market, combating social exclusion – especially that of disadvantaged groups such as people with disabilities – and promoting equality between women and men and non-discrimination.”

More specifically, the ESF has been assigned the task to support Member States at reaching full employment, increasing quality and productivity at work, promoting social inclusion (in particular the access of disadvantaged people to employment), reducing national, regional and local employment disparities. In October 2011, a draft proposal for the programming period 2014-2020 of the ESF was presented. 

Objectives of the project

This study aims to support the Commission in designing the ex post evaluation of the ESF 2007-2013. The previous ex post evaluation of the ESF 2000-2006 has shown that delivering on the above requirements is a very complex and challenging task and that adequate preparation is necessary. This preparatory study aims to develop and discuss possible approaches to this task. The evaluation must also support future policies. Therefore it is relevant and important to consider the plans for the next programming period 2014-2020.

Research team

Dr Simona Milio is Associate Director of the Social and Cohesion Policy Unit at LSE Enterprise.

Niccolo Durazzi is a Master of Science Candidate in European Political Economy (2011-2013) and holds a Master of Arts in International Cooperation, Development and Human Rights (2010).

Arnaud Vagany, holds a MSc in European Studies and another in Political Science.