About: Monika Hunjadi

Organisation: European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research

Assistant International and Public Relations

Contributions

Bridge Building: Great success at the 2nd virtual BB Summer School

The European Centre hosted with great success the second virtual 2021 Bridge building (BB) Summer School on Evaluation in Social Policies, on 22-24 September 2021. 11 participants from the ‘Bridge building’ region, like Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, as well as Ukraine, and European Centre staff exchanged and enhanced knowledge in commissioning and conducting social policy-oriented monitoring and evaluation projects and programmes. We are looking forward to staying connected through the EESPN.

On-going InCARE survey on ltc

On-going InCARE survey on long-term care: help us collect timely data on people’s experiences, attitudes, and expectations about long-term care.

On-going InCARE survey on long-term care: help us collect timely data on people’s experiences, attitudes, and expectations about long-term care. Please fill in and disseminate the survey – every answer counts!

02/22: Cfp – Post-Communism (Post-Socialism) as the defining feature of Welfare States

Editors from the University of Warsaw and the Minnesota State University are seeking contributions to the special issue of Social Policy Issues (Warsaw) journal.

02/22: Cfp – POST-COMMUNISM (POST-SOCIALISM) AS THE DEFINING FEATURE OF WELFARE STATES AND SOCIAL POLICIES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE?

Editors, Maria Theiss (University of Warsaw) Tomasz Inglot (Minnesota State University) are seeking contributions to the special issue of Social Policy Issues (Warsaw) journal – the topic is “POST-COMMUNISM (POST-SOCIALISM) AS THE DEFINING FEATURE OF WELFARE STATES AND SOCIAL POLICIES IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE?”  More details here.

Deadline: until late February 2022.

19 – 20/10/2021 47th General Assembly Meeting 2021 of the European Centre

The 47th virtual General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre is focusing on intergovernmental cooperation in social policy and research, on 19 and 20 October 2021.

The 47th virtual General Assembly Meeting (GAM) of the European Centre is focusing on intergovernmental cooperation in social policy and research, on 19 and 20 October 2021. Presentations will showcase our activities in the context of international strategies, e.g. regarding the UN Agenda 2030 or the WHO Decade on Healthy Ageing, by providing evidence and good practice, by bringing public and civic stakeholders together and by comparing policies across jurisdictions. It is the second virtual GAM with presentations accessible online as webcasts beforehand or during the GAM. Read more & register here

18/10/2021 Vacancy: Researcher for ltc and health issues

The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on a range of issues on long-term care, and health focusing both on Austria and on international comparative perspectives.

18/10/2021 Vacancy: Researcher for long-term care and health issues

The European Centre has a vacancy for a researcher to work on a range of issues on long-term care, and health focusing both on Austria and on international comparative perspectives. These issues include inequalities in health and care, particularly from a gender and socio-economic perspective.

Please send your CV and letter of motivation by 18 October 2021. Read more

Meta-evaluation and evaluation standards in social policy

Meta-evaluation is an “evaluation of evaluations” to improve future evaluation work. As a highly relevant topic for professionals working in social policy, the third module of the virtual Bridge-Building Summer School of Evaluation in Social Policies (August 25-27, 2021) was about meta-evaluation and evaluation standards in social policy.

15/9/2021: By Rahel Kahlert, European Centre

Meta-evaluation is an “evaluation of evaluations” to improve future evaluation work. As a highly relevant topic for professionals working in social policy, the third module of the virtual Bridge-Building Summer School of Evaluation in Social Policies (25-27 August 2021) was about meta-evaluation and evaluation standards in social policy. This module was one of eight modules covered by the Summer School, which combined capacity building by enhancing knowledge and information sharing on the state-of the-art research and policy practices, exchanging shared experiences among participants, and developing ideas and proposals for “real-world” projects. “Real world” refers to the idea that evaluations take place under budget, time, data, and political constraints (see Bamberger & Mabry, 2019). One central focus was the interactive, hands-on small-group work with practical exercises to foster peer learning. Eye level interactions were core building blocks. The thirteen participants shared their expertise in either conducting or commissioning evaluations. The participants were social policy professionals from both the public and private sector in the Western Balkan region and Eastern Partnership region (in particular, Azerbaijan, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Moldova, North Macedonia, and Ukraine).

The module on meta-evaluation and standards started with a short introduction about meta-evaluation by guest speaker Thomas Vogel, head of programmes at Horizon 3000, the largest Austrian non-governmental development cooperation organisation, where evaluation plays a key role for learning and accountability. Mr. Vogel introduced the difference between evaluation synthesis and meta-evaluation. Evaluation synthesis analyses a series of evaluation reports and aggregates findings on a higher level such as programme, country, or sector level. The aim is to find out how programmes or projects can be improved. Meta-evaluation also analyses a series of evaluation reports, but then analyses the quality of each evaluation. The aim is to find out how evaluations can be improved in the future. Meta-evaluation can enhance the quality in evaluation by using and applying evaluation standards for all levels of quality including scope, methodology, independence of evaluators, utility etc.

Rahel Kahlert then provided a brief input on widely used standards in evaluation such as the UNEG Norms and Standards (updated in 2016) to be upheld in the conduct of any evaluation. Professional evaluation associations such as the German Evaluation Society or the Swiss Evaluation Society developed their own standards for evaluators to apply in their daily professional work. Common features include accuracy (methodological and technical standards), propriety (legal and ethical standards), utility (serving information needs of intended users), and feasibility (realistic, cost-effective evaluation). As evaluators, we have to remind ourselves that we are dealing with persons and intervene in a setting. Therefore, it is important to follow ethical guidelines and protect human participants similar to any research setting.

The small-group breakout sessions dealt with the question: “How can standards enhance the quality of an evaluation?” The teams of 4 to 5 persons selected two to three evaluation standards and then applied them to a “real-world” setting. The teams used the online pad tool Google JamBoard (see Figure 1) to make their case by adding post-its. For all three teams, utility stood out as important evaluation standard. Involving stakeholders was regarded as a means of enhancing utility, i.e. improving the uptake of findings. This may sometimes conflict with the standard of independence, when donors or programme staff would like to influence evaluation findings (“interested only in the good stories (positive findings)”). Accuracy can be enhanced through triangulation and cross-referencing data, which ultimately also can improve utility and uptake.

Summarily, the module on meta-evaluation and standards was a lively, interactive experience with all participants engaged, and set the scene for further productive interactions. At the end of the Summer School, participants expressed their intention that they will apply evaluation standards in their evaluation work more strongly and engage in meta-evaluation in the future to ensure evaluation quality.

22-24 Sept. 202: Second virtual BB Summer School upcoming

The European Centre is hosting the SECOND virtual Bridge Building (BB) Summer School on Evaluation in Social Policies, on 22-24 September 2021.

The European Centre is hosting the SECOND virtual Bridge Building (BB) Summer School on Evaluation in Social Policies, on 22-24 September 2021. The first virtual 2021 BB Summer School took place with great success of 13 participants from the BB region, on 25-27 August. The European Centre team is looking forward to welcoming the participants and exchanged and enhanced knowledge in commissioning and conducting social policy-oriented monitoring and evaluation projects and programmes. Read more

15/10/ 2021: Eastern Partnership Programme – Expanding cooperation with civil society in the EaP & Russia

The programme, Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia, enables civil-society organisations and the members of the public active in them to implement joint projects, thereby supporting the ongoing transformation processes in the region.

15/10/ 2021: Eastern Partnership Programme – Expanding cooperation with civil society in the EaP & Russia

The programme, Expanding Cooperation with Civil Society in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia, enables civil-society organisations and the members of the public active in them to implement joint projects, thereby supporting the ongoing transformation processes in the region.

Through the programme, the German Government funds measures that provide comprehensive support to the transformation and internal integration processes via collaboration between German civil society and civil societies in the Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine) and Russia.

This includes the entire range of cultural and civic education projects – media, academia, education including vocational training, culture, language and work with young people. Project outlines (in English or German) for the year 2022 can be submitted from 10 September 2021 until 15 October 2021 via this website . Read more

03/10/2021 Cfp: increasing access to justice for victims of discrimination in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

The Council of Europe is launching a call for proposals with the aim to co-fund national and local projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine focusing at supporting victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes, particularly from vulnerable groups.

03/10/2021 Cfp: Grants for support to civil society organisations for increasing access to justice for victims of discrimination in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine

Under the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme Partnership for Good Governance, and its regional project “Strengthening access to justice through non-judicial redress mechanisms for victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes in the Eastern Partnership countries”, the Council of Europe is launching a call for proposals with the aim to co-fund national and local projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine focusing at supporting victims of discrimination, hate speech and hate crimes, particularly from vulnerable groups.

The deadline for the submission of application is 3 October 2021 (at 17:00 CET). Applications should be sent to the following e-mail address: tenders.antidiscrimination@coe.int. Read more

08/10/2021: CfP: Improved safety of women in Serbia

UN Women Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, with experience in working in the field of women’s rights, their empowerment and/or and violence against women and girls to submit project proposals.

08/10/2021: CfP: Improved safety of women in Serbia

UN Women Serbia is inviting civil society organizations (CSOs) registered in Serbia, with experience in working in the field of women’s rights, their empowerment and/or and violence against women and girls to submit project proposals. Proposals should focus on context-specific outreach and capacity-building activities for empowering rural women and girls for life without violence and information sharing of the available and accessible mechanisms for protection from VAWG and gender-based discrimination, under the project “Improved Safety of Women in Serbia”. Read more

Proposals containing all required application documents must be received by UN Women Serbia at the address grants.serbia@unwomen.org not later than 23.30 (CET) on 8 October 2021.