Analysis and follow-up of mutual learning in the context of peer review in the Social Protection and Social Inclusion Programme

The Peer Review Programme, established in 2004, contributes to the mutual learning objective that is at the heart of the Social Open Method of Coordination. The PPMI, in partnership with the European Social Observatory carried out a comprehensive and in depth analysis of the results of the Peer Review programme. 

The research team:

  • provided an overview and mapping of all the peer reviews;
  • examined the contribution of the peer reviews to ‘consensus framing' within the Social OMC through an in-depth analysis of the messages that have come out of the peer review process; 
  • followed-up a selection of peer reviews on a particular policy or project in the host country and examined factors of success and failure;
  • examined to what extent, under which circumstances, from whom and by whom learning has taken place;
  • identified elements conducive to mutual learning.

The research was based on the systematic examination of peer review documents (discussion and comment papers, minutes, etc.). The Joint reports on Social Protection and Social Inclusion and Commission Working Staff Documents, Communications and Recommendations were analysed as well. Furthermore, 10 peer reviews were selected for in-depth analysis which was carried out on the basis of interviews with peer review participants. 

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