Rapid changes in society and the economy call for more decentralised approaches to education and greater autonomy for educational institutions along with a greater focus on results-based management. We help policy makers by collecting evidence and suggesting solutions. We draw on cutting-edge research in educational science, economics, psychology and management.
Mantas has more than 10 years’ experience in conducting and leading studies and evaluations at national and EU levels, primarily in the fields of higher education, research and innovation, and youth policy. Mantas is also a leading expert in feasibility assessment, development, validation and reviewing of simplified grants and simplified cost options (SCOs) and result-based tools used in EU programmes and European structural and investment funds.
Gerda has more than six years’ experience in policy research, evaluations and technical assistance projects. Her key area of expertise is in the intersection of education and the labour market, focusing in particular on vocational education and skills policies. She has experience in leading research projects, as well as significant expertise in various qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection and analysis. At PPMI, she has been involved in a number of research projects for the European Commission and EU agencies.
Rimantas has worked as a public policy researcher, evaluator and public management consultant since 2001. His fields of expertise include education and training, social inclusion, labour market policies and good governance. Rimantas is an experienced manager with a strong track record of working with and leading multinational teams of experts and researchers. He has worked for a variety of public sector clients including national authorities, the European Commission, the EU and UN agencies. Most of Rimantas’ assignments have been within the EU, but many have also focused on EU candidate and neighbourhood countries, as well as other countries undergoing social and economic transformations.
Loes has worked at PPMI since 2017, predominantly in the field of education and inclusion, but her past projects have also covered policy areas such as law/human rights, employment and migration. Her clients include EU agencies, as well as UN agencies such as UNICEF, UNESCO, the UNDP and the ILO. In her work, she has led research teams and data collection efforts in various countries across Africa and Asia, including interviews, surveys and focus groups. In addition, Loes has experience in developing ethical research protocols for the safe involvement of vulnerable populations (e.g. children) in research activities.
Donatas has more than 14 years’ experience in conducting Europe-wide studies, evaluations of various public policy initiatives, and providing policy advice to Directorates-General of the European Commission (DG EAC, DG EMPL and others) and EU agencies (Cedefop, ETF, Eurofound). His main topics of interest include vocational education and training, higher education and its European dimension, education financing, skills policy, culture and sport, as well as the evaluation of EU agencies. Donatas is also an experienced communications evaluator, with more than six years’ experience in evaluating communications, stakeholder engagement and organisations’ networking policies, communication campaigns and strategies in various policy areas. He has also conducted research on user experience and usability testing, relating in particular to publications and websites managed by the European Commission. He has also managed several EU funded framework contracts.
Mantas has more than nine years’ experience in policy analysis and advising public sector leaders at national, EU and international levels. He mainly focuses on science, technology, innovation and higher education policy. At PPMI, Mantas designs and leads international, multi-methods research and consulting assignments that help the European Commission and national governments to develop better policies and improve their implementation. Since the very beginning of his career, Mantas has also been heavily involved in designing and implementing performance monitoring systems, developing measurable and actionable indicators, and tracking progress towards achievements.
Hanna has worked at PPMI since the beginning of 2011. Her main research interests and fields of work centre on education, children’s rights and well-being, migration, sustainable development, social inclusion and gender equality policies in Europe and beyond. She leads numerous studies covering education governance, educational assessment systems, school innovation and digital education, the professional development of teachers, inclusion and equity in education, education for sustainable development, and others. Hanna has led research projects commissioned by various Directorates-General of the European Commission, as well as the European Parliament, Eurofound, UNICEF, UNESCO and the ETF, covering various geographical regions including the EU, the Balkan countries, Eastern Partnership countries, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Africa. Hanna also currently serves as the Deputy Scientific Coordinator of the Network of experts on the social dimension of education and training (NESET), and the European Expert Network on Economics of Education (EENEE) – two key knowledge providers to the European Commission on various issues in education policy.
Greta has over 5 years of experience in policy research, evaluations, and technical assistance projects. Her main research interests and work at PPMI mainly focus on higher education, vocational education and training, research and innovation. Greta has also been leading the work on microcredentials - an emerging topic in education policy and practice. She has experience leading international, multi-method research and consulting assignments as well as applying various data collection and analysis methods. At PPMI, she has been involved in over 10 research projects for the European Commission and EU agencies.
Milda has 4 years of experience in public policy research and technical assistance. At PPMI, she has worked with a number of clients, including the European Commission (DG EAC, DG TAXUD, DG REFORM, DG GROW, JRC) and EU agencies such as Cedefop and ETF. Her primary expertise lies in skills development and labour market policies, but academic interests also include family and disability policies. Milda has worked on a wide range of assignments, covering educational infrastructure, vocational education and training, adult education, lifelong learning, labour market segmentation, and public-private partnerships in skills development. She has extensive experience with applying various data collection methods, performing data analysis, and coordinating stakeholder and expert consultation activities. Since 2019, she has also been leading policy research assignments.
Iselin joined PPMI in 2019, where she specialises in conducting policy-relevant mixed-methods studies on education, sustainability and the interlinkages between these. Her main area of expertise is thus learning for environmental sustainability. Through her MSc in Social Policy Research and work experiences at research and policy institutes in the UK and Türkiye, she also gained a strong track record in research for social policy, inclusion and diversity. Iselin has a multitude of experiences working with and leading multinational expert teams and implementing complicated research assignments for the European Commission and UNESCO.
Ieva joined PPMI in 2019 after completing her PhD in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. She has contributed to numerous studies in the areas of education, social, youth and regional policy for the European Commission and currently specialises in European higher education policy. With her strong academic background, Ieva is an expert in developing tailored qualitative and quantitative study methodologies and executing complex research assignments. She is also a researcher and lecturer in EU politics and policies at Vilnius university.
Study on the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme
Successful PISA stories in the EU: how some Member States have been able to improve their performance over...
Technical support to improve the capacity for assessing and benchmarking the efficiency of public spending
Educational toolkits for fighting gender stereotypes, based on the example of the transport sector
Study on the benefits of using Social Outcome Contracting in the provision of social services and interventions