Greta Mackonytė

Greta has 5 years of professional experience in EU and national policies in the area of education and social inclusion. She rejoined PPMI as a researcher in 2015, where she first worked for more than 2 years on research and evaluation projects covering education, lifelong learning, labour market, green policies and the EU structural assistance (2010-2012). At the moment, Greta belongs to the core team implementing a Study on Tools and Policy Pointers for Mainstreaming Innovative Pedagogies and School Organisation Practices: Barriers and Solutions (European Commission, DG EAC, 2015-2017). She also works as an expert creating the National Roadmap for Making Transition from Institutional to Family-based Care for Children in Lithuania (2020) and advising the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour of Lithuania. Greta has been involved in the assignments contracted by the European Commission, Eurofound, Cedefop and national institutions.

 

Prior to joining PPMI, she gained valuable professional experience in the areas of social & employment policies at the European Commission (DG EMPL); child poverty, early education & care and de-institutionalisation at the European NGOs network for children’s rights and well-being (Eurochild); and migration health issues at the UN Migration Agency - International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

 


Key areas of expertise

  • Policy areas: school education, employment and social policies, de-institutionalisation, migration
  • Methods: quantitative and qualitative data collection (surveys, in-depth & semi-structured interviews, focus groups, case studies, desk-based research with administrative/monitoring/secondary data), data analysis (using SPSS, STATA, Nvivo, HLM, UCINET) and data visualisation (VENNGAGE)
  • Project management: day-to-day communication with national experts in different countries, contract preparation and management, experience in international proposal writing


Education

  • MSc in Social Policy Analysis (Summa Cum Laude), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, 2013
  • BA in Political Science, Vilnius University, Lithuania, 2011
  • Erasmus Exchange at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 2009-2010


Selected projects

Transition from Institutional to Family-based Care for Children in Lithuania: Creating the National Roadmap for Change and Advising the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of Lithuania, 2017

Study on Tools and Policy Pointers for Mainstreaming Innovative Pedagogies and School Organisation Practices: Barriers and Solutions (European Commission, DG EAC, 2015-2017)

Study How Initial Teacher Education Prepares Student Teachers to Deal with Diversity in the Classroom (European Commission, DG EAC, 2015-2016)

NESET II: Network of experts on social aspects of education and training (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2015)

Sustainable work throughout the life course: national policies and strategies (Eurofound, 2014-2015)

Second evaluation of Europass (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2012-2013)

Mid-term evaluation of FP7 Marie Curie Actions (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2011-2012)

Growth and employment: anticipating and managing the effects of greening of industries in the EU (Eurofound, 2011-2012)

Interim evaluation of Erasmus Mundus II (2009-2013) (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2011)

Evaluation of  the  quality,  efficiency  and  sustainability  of  the  applied  research  and studies in the 2007-2013 programming period (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, 2011)

Interim evaluation of the Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2009) (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2010)

Forecasting skills supply and demand in Europe (Cedefop, 2009-2011)                                                                  

Improvement of the results-based management (VORT-3): preparation of the ex-post impact assessment methodology and implementation of ‘Ex-post impact assessment of the Children’s Maintenance Fund Law’ (Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania, 2010)


Selected publications


Budginaitė, I., Siarova, H., Sternadel, D., Mackonytė, G., Spurga, S., ‘Policies and practices for more equality and inclusion in and through education: Evidence and policy guidance from European research projects funded under FP6 and FP7’, NESET II report, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2016. doi: 10.2766/300891.

G. Mackonyte, C. Lomos & W. van Oorschot, ‘Perceived Magnitude of Unemployment: a Dark Horse in the Literature on Public Attitudes towards Governmental Responsibilities to the Unemployed?’, Baltic Journal of Political Science, December 2014.

 

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