Call for proposals - Pilot Projects to carry out European Social Fund related Counterfactual Impact Evaluations VP/2013/005 Closed!


The general objective of this call for proposals is to set up pilot projects conducting Counterfactual Impact Evaluations (CIEs) in order to further promote the use of counterfactual impact evaluations of European Social Fund (ESF) interventions in the member states.

This call for proposals offers the applicants a possibility to assess the impact of ESF funded interventions for the 2007-2013 programming period applying one or more quasi-experimental counterfactual impact evaluation methods. The specific objectives are the following:

  • To provide robust evidence on the net effects (impacts) of the ESF interventions being evaluated through the chosen pilot projects;
  • To raise awareness on counterfactual impact evaluations and on the use of their findings in the selected member states and
  • To enhance member states capacity to effectively implement Counterfactual Impact Evaluations (CIEs).


CIEs may provide good quality evidence of the net effects (impacts) of interventions, including ESF funded interventions. They only do so however, if they are well planned and executed appropriately. The main methodological distinction in CIEs is between evaluation designs that are experimental and those that are quasi-experimental. The scope of this call is limited to quasi-experimental methods.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 1,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 21 June 2013 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche VP/2013/005 (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

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