Support to the monitoring of the performance of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation ("EaSI") 2015-2016
The aim of this contract was to support the European Commission (DG EMPL) in implementation and monitoring of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI). In particular, we have updated the monitoring system (which we also developed from scratch during the previous assignment for DG EMPL) and analysed whether EaSI was successful in achieving its objectives and broader EU policy goals in the area of employment & social protection. The main deliverable of the assignment was EaSI Performance Monitoring Report for 2015-2016, which provided a very detailed presentation of EaSI results under each axis and thematic section of the programme. The key tasks of this contract included:
- Updating the monitoring framework and the system to assess the performance of the programme (including the key performance indicators), taking into account the monitoring of EaSI for the years 2014-2015 and the existing evaluations;
- Supporting the programme contractors and beneficiaries in reporting on the results of the actions;
- Collecting information about the outcomes of the programme (reports, conferences, outcome of activities supported through grants, jobs created, micro-loans disbursed, etc.) and their impact in view to making them accessible to the Programme Committee and other stakeholders;
- Gathering opinions of the relevant stakeholders on the outcomes of the programme. Two types of surveys were implemented during this assignment. First, in January 2017, we carried out a large-scale (more than 10 000 invitations and over 1 500 responses) EaSI Stakeholder Survey. Every semester (i.e. four times during the assignment) we have implemented surveys of participants in EaSI-funded events.
- Identifying and disseminating good practices of EaSI-funded projects and organisations, notably on social policy experimentation to assist the Member States in reforming their employment & social policies;
- Analysing the contribution of EaSI activities to the general objectives of the programme and specific objectives of its three axes;
- Drafting the biennial qualitative and quantitative monitoring report for the years 2015 and 2016 (published in mid-2017) taking into account the conclusions and monitoring information included in the 1st EaSI monitoring report for 2014;
- Providing ad hoc guidance and advice to the Commission on various issues related to the implementation of the programme, including, for instance, criteria to support the programming and allocation of funds to specific policy fields and types of activities;
- Providing guidance and advice to the Commission on possible improvements to increase the efficiency and performance of the programme.