Laima Užpelkienė

Laima joined PPMI in 2008. She has worked as a key expert in large-scale research on EU policies, mainly social protection, social inclusion, employment and education. In addition to analytical competence, Laima has experience of practical work in education, care institutions for people with disabilities, national NGOs in child protection and social integration, and with local authorities. She was also involved in the national „Creative Partnerships” project as a research team leader, where she acquired competences of research management and creativity development in general education.

 

Key areas of expertise

  • Policy areas: employment, social integration, education, creativity in general education, heritage, cultural policy, results-based performance monitoring, horizontal (cross-cutting) policy management, EU policy coordination
  • Methods:  qualitative research methods, including desk research, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, case studies, intervention logic models, impact assessment, problem analysis, strategic (SWOT) analysis
  • Project management:  management of national research activities, including the preparation of terms of reference, the evaluation of tenders, supervision and coordination of research teams

 

Education

  • MA in Public Administration, Vilnius University, 2008
  • BA in English Philology, Vilnius University, 1999

 

Selected projects

Evaluation of the European Heritage Label action (European Commission, DG EAC, 2017-ongoing)

Study to support impact assessment on the review of the Written Statement Directive (Directive 91/533/EEC) (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2017)

Interim evaluation of Erasmus + programme implementation in Lithuania (The Education Exchanges Support Foundation, 2017)

Support to the monitoring of the performance of the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Innovation – EaSI (European Commission, DG EMPL, 2016-ongoing)

Support to the launch of the successor Programme to PROGRESS, EURES and Progress Microfinance Facility (PSCI) and the monitoring of its performance (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 2013-2015)

Performance Monitoring of the EU Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity PROGRESS 2007-2013 (European Commission, DG Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)

Stakeholder consultation and needs assessment for the new PROGRESS (European Commission, DG Employment, social affairs and inclusion, 2011)

Grant of the Specific Programme “Fundamental Rights and Citizenship 2007-2013” to develop a toolkit for practitioners working in the residential children care homes (European Commission DG Justice, Freedom and Security, 2010)

The Evaluation of Monitoring Indicators of the National programme for the Implementation of EU Structural Assistance to Lithuania (The Ministry of Finance, Lithuania, 2010)

Study "Mobility of Young Volunteers across Europe" (Committee of the Regions, 2009-2010)

Study "Assessment of the impact of ongoing reforms in education and training on adult learning" (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2009)

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