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Conference on counterfactual impact evaluation - Warsaw 12 December 2011

Venue: Novotel Centrum, ul Marszalkowska 94/98

Accurate estimation of impacts should be essential to cohesion policy. It helps answer the crucial questions: "are we making a difference?" and "what can we do to improve our programmes"? Evaluation of impacts mobilises a range of scientific and statistical tools to answer these questions.

One of the key methods of impact evaluation is the use of counterfactuals, controls and comparison groups. This is a relatively new method in cohesion policy but is already showing promising results.

The European Commission (DG Regional Policy) co-organised a conference with the Polish presidency in Warsaw on 12 December. High level policy makers and experts discussed four recent counterfactual impact evaluations of cohesion policy, drawn from the fields of enterprise support, innovation, entrepreneurship and training. There was a strong focus on results obtained and policy lessons.

Short summary of the conference, including key conclusions DOC

Conference programme DOC
Sunday 11 December
16:00 onwards Registration
19:00 Dinner
Monday 12 December
08:30 - 9:30 Registration
09:30 - 10:15

Introduction & welcome
Morning session chair: Veronica Gaffey (Acting Director, DG Regional Policy)

Opening speech PDF
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Minister for Regional Development

The growing role of counterfactual impact evaluation in Cohesion Policy
Veronica Gaffey

10:15 - 11:30 Examples from enterprise support in Poland PPT
Key results - Rafal Trzcinski, Polish Agency for Entrepreneurship
Discussant - Stanisław Bienias, Ministry for Regional
11:30 - 11:45 Coffee
11:45 - 13:00 Examples from enterprise support in Italy PPT
Key results - Alberto Martini, Daniele Bondonio (ASVAPP)
Discussant - Daniel Mouqué, DG Regional Policy
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00

Introduction & welcome
Afternoon session chair: Daniel Mouqué

Examples from innovation support in two EU regions PPT
Key results - Dirk Czarnitzki (University of Leuven)
Discussant - Kai Stryczynski, DG Regional Policy

15:00 - 16:00 Examples from social integration services in Lithuania PDF
Key results - Dovilė Žvalionytė
(Public Policy and Management Institute, Lithuania)
Discussant - Lingaile Biliunaite, Ministry of Social Security and
16:00 - 17:00 Closing debate
Roundtable with panellists, including questions from the floor
Moderator: Veronica Gaffey
Panellists include Georg Fischer (Director, DG Employment and
social affairs), Daniel Mouqué


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