The European Commission has announced a call for proposals for pilot social projects known as social policy experiments related to the implementation of the 2012 Annual Work Plan. Although the applicant must be a public authority/semi-state agency, NGOs can be among the partners so Eurodiaconia members interested in the call could contact a public authority to suggest they apply.
Social policy experiments must meet the following criteria:
− policy interventions bringing innovative answers to social needs,
− implemented on a small scale because of existing uncertainty as to their impact,
− in conditions which ensure the possibility of measuring their impact,
− in order to be repeated on a wider scale if the results prove convincing.
This call for proposals on social policy experimentations intends to improve the quality and effectiveness of social policies and to facilitate their adaptation to new social needs and societal challenges. Through this call, PROGRESS countries embarking on welfare reforms are offered financial support to experiment envisaged policy changes and reforms before implementing them, if successful, on a wider scale.
Specifically, they are looking for projects dealing with themes of promoting youth activation, quality childcare, and active and healthy ageing. Projects can request between 700 000 € and 1 000 000 €, and requested amount cannot exceed 80% of the total project budget. 1 000 000 € will only be awarded to projects in the theme of youth activation. Between four and six projects will be accepted.
Applicants are invited to submit a design for a potentially relevant policy intervention, including precise definitions of the goals as well as target audience, along with a concrete method of evaluation. Because the results they deliver are most reliable as regards the evaluation of the impacts of an intervention, preference will be given to randomized experimentation methods that randomly assign the members of a representative sample of the population targeted to either a treatment group or a control group.
Interested? Read more about the project, requirements, and how to apply here.
The deadline for submissions is 15 February, 2013. If members are interested for partners on this project, please contact the office for help in coordinating involvement.