This report presents the evaluation of the effectiveness and implementation of the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development (OP KED), which is targeted at supporting young people aged 15-29 who are neither in employment, education nor in training (the so-called NEET category). This study considers app. 225 thousand people who concluded their participation in the OP KED projects between the beginning of 2016 and April 2018. Participants of projects finished in 2015 were covered by the first thematic report from December 2015.


The report is based on the analysis of data on Programme participants provided by the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development (MIED) and of information collected from the main project stakeholders. The study among Programme participants comprised of phone interviews (1490 CATI surveys) and group interviews (4 FGI interviews). The study among project coordinators comprised an online survey (517 CAWI interviews) and group interviews (4 FGI interviews). Moreover, the opinions of Regional Labour Offices (RLO) representatives were collected over 4 telephone interviews. Finally, 16 in-depth interviews (IDI) were conducted with employers. Preliminary conclusions and recommendations were discussed during expert workshop with representatives of institutions responsible for the coordination and implementation of the support, as well as with representatives of the employers.

keywords: effectiveness of labour market intervention, active labour market policies, NEET youth

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publication year: 2018

language : Polish

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additional information: This report was published under the project “Evaluation of support provided for young people under the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development (OP KED)” commissioned by the Polish Ministry of Investment and Economic Development, financed from the European Social Fund. The project is realised by the consortium: Institute for Structural Research (IBS), IMAPP and IQS.

Mateusz Smoter

Institute for Structural Research

Marta Palczyńska

Institute for Structural Research (IBS)

Iga Magda

Institute for Structural Research (IBS), Warsaw School of Economics (SGH)

Wojciech Hardy

Institute for Structural Research (IBS), Faculty of Economic Sciences and Digital Economy Lab (DELab), University of Warsaw

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