Centre for Research on Impact Evaluation


The Community of Practice on Counterfactual Impact Evaluation of ESF interventions (CoP-CIE-ESF) was launched by CRIE and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) in 2016. This initiative aims to foster the collaboration between DG EMPL, CRIE, the ESF Managing Authorities and other stakeholders to conduct CIE of ESF funded interventions by sharing experiences, knowledge and promoting joint activities.

The 2019 COP-CIE- ESF meeting was held in Dublin, Ireland on 7 June 2019. It was hosted by the Irish Managing Authority of the ESF and EGF Policy and Operations Unit in the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. See the meeting agenda and the flash report.

The agenda included:

  • Theme: data provision for evaluation
  • World Café: interactive working tables on data requirements for CIE
  • Keynote lecture by Prof. Johan Vikström, Uppsala University and Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy (IFAU)
  • Presentations of current evaluation practices in Member States

Here is the list of the COP-CIE-ESF meetings held in the past.

  • 2018 CoP-CIE-ESF meeting - Athens, Greece, 14 June 2018
    hosted by the Evaluation Unit, Greek Ministry of Economy and Development, General Secretariat of NSRF, National Coordination Authority
    The included:
    • Theme: how to design ESF interventions and programmes in light of future CIE
    • Policy design lab: interactive working tables
    • Keynote lecture by Professor Enrico Rettore, University of Trento and Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP)
    • Presentations of Data Fitness Initiative for CIE (D4C) 2017 and 2018 projects, and other CIE conducted in several Member States
  • 2017 Autumn Meeting of the CoP-CIE-ESF - Brussels, Belgium, 8 December 2017
    The included:
    • Theme: how to combine different data sources
    • Presentations of Data Fitness Initiative for CIE (D4C) 2016 and 2017 projects
    • Training sessions on evaluation in practice with computer-based examples from D4C projects
  • 2017 Spring Meeting of the CoP-CIE-ESF - Riga, Latvia, 8-9 June 2017
    hosted by the Evaluation Unit of the Ministry of Finance of Latvia
    The included:
    • Theme: how to combine CIE with other evaluation methods
    • Keynote lectures by Professor Lena Tsipouri, University of Athens and Professor Claudio Lucifora, Catholic University of Milan
    • Presentations of Data Fitness Initiative for CIE (D4C) 2016 and 2017 projects
    • Training sessions on evaluation in practice (Theory Based and CIE methods)
  • First Meeting of the CoP-CIE-ESF - Ispra, Italy, 9-10 June 2016
    The included:
    • Launch of a Community of Practice on CIE
    • Keynote lecture by Professor Jochen Kluve, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
    • Presentations on administrative data and data linkage
    • Presentations on Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) evaluation