Title: Feasibility Study on Measuring the Causal Impact of Erasmus+ Actions
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC105692
ISBN: 978-92-79-68821-8
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28597 EN
OP KJ-NA-28597-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC105692
DOI: 10.2760/262344
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Erasmus+ is a major and emblematic EU policy. It aims among others to contribute to the achievements of the Europe 2020 Strategy and the Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training. A variety of studies exist aiming to evaluate Erasmus+ and its predecessor programs. However, the predominant part of existing research does not focus on the causal link of Erasmus+ and its expected outcomes. Therefore, the Directorate-General Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) approached the Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation (CC-ME) to produce a feasibility report. This report answers to the request and the following questions: given the data requirements needed, how can the causal impact of Erasmus+ be evaluated? The report examines what could be done in the short and long term and which parts of Erasmus+ would be quite difficult to measure with counterfactual impact evaluation. The authors also provide a judgment on the value added of any counterfactual impact analysis for different Erasmus+ actions taking existing literature and policy characteristics (like duration, homogeneity of intervention and measures of objectives) into account.
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