Tr@ck-IN: Public employment services tracking effectiveness to support rural NEETs

Project facts

Lead project partner:
Iscte - University Institute of Lisbon(PT)
Project Number:
In implementation
Initial project cost:
Beneficiary partners:
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart(IT)
Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon(PT)
South-West University "Neofit Rilski"(BG)
University of Girona(ES)
University of Málaga(ES)
University of Naples Parthenope(IT)
University of Tartu(EE)
Vilnius university(LT)
Expertise partners:
Heidelberg University(DE)
International Labour Organization(BE)

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At Tr@ck-IN, we aim to deliver an evaluation model of the effectiveness of Public Employment Services (PES) tracking support types - digital, human-mediated, or mixed - in improving employability among rural NEETs aged 25-29. We aim to broaden knowledge of the effects of employment initiatives targeting rural NEETs, by creating a cross-country model of how policies influence PES tracking deliverance. Another goal is to enlarge the capacity of evaluating the effects of employment initiatives for NEETs in rural areas, by validating impact assessment protocols for the most replicable programs of on-the-ground PES tracking support types, considering overall and specific groups of NEETs. A further target is to increase the transnational use of impact studies among policymakers and researchers, by supporting their participation in developing/incorporating evidence-based impact methods for PES tracking evaluation.

We address the Fund objectives by focusing on rural NEETs. These youths are often ignored by research, hard to engage with, and challenged by multiple structural risk factors. We will concentrate on their vulnerabilities in the short term by establishing a baseline for PES support types’ effectiveness in their employability indicators and, in the long run, by setting an evaluation framework for effective PES tracking development. The consortium will rely on a sound multidisciplinary, theoretical, and methodological approach, by concentrating on Baltic, South, and Southeastern States with disparate rural NEETs’ proportions and different degrees of PES digitalization, adding meaningful variability to comparative analyses. Our outputs will be streamed into a working group dedicated to PES tracking impact evaluation to tie in with a parallel initiative, the Rural NEET Youth Observatory, by 2024.

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