Pilot Projects to carry out ESF related Counterfactual Impact Evaluations ESF Closed!


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

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 MS.
  • To enhance MS capacity to effectively implement CIEs.


 The scope of this call is limited to quasi-experimental methods:

  1. The intervention supported by the ESF needs to be discrete, distinctive and relatively homogenous.
  2. The assignment rules must be clearly described, so that it is possible to identify the eligible and non-eligible population.
  3. The size of the comparison and treatment groups must be sufficient so that it is possible to estimate statistically the impact of the intervention.
  4. The intervention should be based on a clear causal mechanism.
  5. The expected results of the evaluated intervention should be quantified.
  6. The counterfactual method(s) to be used in order to identify the control group and estimate causal effects.
  7. The quality and accessibility of the relevant data is critical to implement a CIE.

European community funding

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

  • 0,65 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 29 November 2013 - 7 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals (Legal base)

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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