The evaluation of the impact of the EU instruments affecting children’s rights with a view to assessing the level of protection and promotion of children’s rights in the EU

This assignment consisted of two major elements: an evaluation of EU actions and a mapping and comparative analysis of all the EU Member States' policies in the area of children's rights. The final deliverable of the assignment was used in developing a Commission's Communication "An EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child".

The evaluation of EU actions, which included binding EU legislative acts, non-binding acts and financial mechanisms, took overall stock of the EU actions in the area of the children's rights. An updated inventory of EU actions was prepared and several case studies for in-depth evaluation were developed. Particular attention was given to EU internal policy actions implemented between 2000 and the end of 2009.

The mapping and comparative analysis of the EU Member States' policies in the area of children's rights included the main characteristics of national policies to monitor, implement and protect children's rights and the way they developed institutionally in recent years. The analysis focused in particular on identifying institutional and policy frameworks in place at the end of 2009. The data, measured in terms of feedback from a range of sources including key national stakeholders and independent assessments supplemented the above evaluation of EU actions.

The implementation of assignment relied mostly on qualitative methods of data collection and analysis: literature review, interviews and case studies. A survey of the participants of European Forum on the Rights of the Child and inventory of EU action in the area of children's rights developed by the research team allowed for the use of statistical analysis methods. 

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