Progetto di ricerca
EU human capital investments: monitoring and evaluation from theory to practice
This PhD project is concerned with an analysis of the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems of the EU Human Capital Investments, and notably with: (i) a comparative analysis of the ways in which guidelines of supranational and international institutions deal with monitoring and evaluation issues for human capital policies vis-à-vis the relevant literature on the subject-matter; (ii) a case studies section which assesses the suitability of the M&E systems of the Fund for European Aid to the most Deprived (FEAD), the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Rights, Equality and Citizenship and Justice Programmes (REC and JUST Programmes); and (iii) an experimental approach to the assessment of macroeconomic impacts from a Dynamic Spatial Computable General Equilibrium perspective which, in liaison with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC), aims to bridge aggregated information from the ESF M&E systems to the JRC’s RHOMOLO model. In doing so, this project seeks to provide a novel contribution to the monitoring and evaluation discourse on the existing processes determining the EU policy cycle on human capital investments in practice. Such an ambition is corroborated by the working experience accrued with Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini alongside individual research activities on the actual mid-term evaluations of the ESF, FEAD and REC and JUST programmes which have commissioned by the European Commission. This aided understanding, from a privileged standing point, of the concrete issues which might mean that M&E systems fall short of their gold standard – and particularly issues linked to administrative burden for data collection, storage, protection and comparability. It ultimately offers some recommendations on the way forward from the case studies’ experiences together with ESF monitoring information which, duly manipulated, serves as an input into current research activities carried out by the JRC and the Commission’s Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) on the socio-economic impacts of ESF and Youth Employment Initiative’s Thematic Objective 8 (sustainable employment and mobility) investments.
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