Evaluation of social integration services for socially vulnerable and socially excluded individuals for the effective use of the EU structural assistance 2007-2013
This project evaluated social integration services for socially vulnerable and socially excluded individuals in Lithuania. The study focussed on five target groups: persons with disabilities, offenders and ex-offenders, people with addiction problems, Roma population, and socially vulnerable women. The evaluation team assessed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, complementarity, and impact of the social integration programmes which were financed by the EU structural assistance funds from 2004 onwards. The supply and demand of the social integration services in Lithuania were also evaluated.
The main focus and the main innovative feature of analysis was the net-impact evaluation of the social integration services financed by the EU structural assistance funds. For the first time in Lithuania the method of counterfactual impact evaluation was applied. The analysis was carried out using the data from Lithuanian Labour Exchange and State Social Insurance Fund Board. It was discovered, for example, that the most significant impact of the EU-funded projects was the increased employability of the socially vulnerable people. Participation in projects also had an effect on the length of employment - on average target group participants worked 10 days per year more than the control group participants. However, the impact on the quality of employment was not significant: the level of average daily income of socially vulnerable people changed insignificantly.
During the evaluation 9 surveys of different socially vulnerable groups, who participated in the EU funded programmes, were carried out, as well as over 30 in-depth interviews and comprehensive desk research. The evaluation team put forward recommendations on the improvement of the use of EU structural assistance for socially vulnerable people. The recommendations contributed to the programming of the EU structural assistance for 2014-2020.