Alina has more than 10 years of professional experience conducting research and evaluation at national and EU level. Alina has been involved in more than fifteen studies and evaluations, contracted by the European Commission, European Parliament, Office of the Government of Lithuania and national ministries. She specializes in EU structural assistance evaluation and performance management. Recently, Alina has undertaken the role of manager and co-ordinator of several research projects in the area of education and social inclusion.
Key areas of expertise
- Policy areas: EU structural assistance and other investments, performance management, research and development, education, poverty and social inclusion.
- Methods: quantitative and qualitative research methods, including desk-based research, interviews, surveys, focus groups, case studies intervention/logic models.
- Project management: contract management and invoicing, preparation of evaluation and project implementation reports, communication with external experts.
- MA in Public Administration (European Public Administration, with distinction), Vilnius University, 2009
- BA in Political science, Vilnius University, 2007
- Study on the distance learning opportunities for Lithuania’s living abroad (Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of the Republic of Lithuania, October 2018-July 2019)
- The role of EU funds to address homelessness and housing exclusion for children and their families – case study for the Feasibility Study for a Child Guarantee (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, June-August 2019)
- Mid-term evaluation of Lithuania’s investment into Smart Public Governance priority under the Lithuanian Operational Programme (Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Lithuania, October 2018-June 2019)
- Study on the returnees’ needs of educational services in Lithuania’s municipalities (Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, November 2017-October 2018)
- Structural evaluation of final beneficiaries of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania), November 2017-January 2018)
- Developing ‘Off the Shelf’ Simplified Cost Options under Article 14.1 of the European Social Fund regulation (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, June 2017 – December 2017).
- Technical assistance services to the Managing and Certifying Authority (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, January 2015-January 2018)
- Evaluation of the implementation of the Lithuanian-Swiss cooperation programme to reduce economic and social disparities within the enlarged European Union (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, October 2016-May 2017)
- Improvement of monitoring and evaluation practices of the state strategic planning documents’ implementation results (Government Office of the Republic of Lithuania, 2014-2015)
- Ex-ante evaluation of the 2014-2020 Operational Programme of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania, 2014)
- Evaluation of the impact of EU structural assistance on implementation of the horizontal priority “Gender equality and non-discrimination” (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, 2013-2014)
- Ex ante evaluation of the Lithuanian programming documents of the European Union Structural Support for 2014-2020 (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, 2012-2014)
- Evaluation of relevance and efficiency of application of non-competitive selection of projects during the implementation of Lithuanian operational programmes for 2007-2013 and planning the EU assistance (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, 2009-2010)
- Improving a monitoring system of the strategic action plans (including the budget programmes) and their implementation results (Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, 2009-2011)
- Integrated analysis of governance of research and higher education (The Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA), 2008-2009)
- Development of coordination system of EU affairs: feasibility study (Office of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, 2008)
- Governance of research in the era of globalization: measures for governance and coordination of research priorities (Lithuanian State Science and Studies Foundation, 2008)
- Technical assistance to the Managing Authority (Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, 2007-2010)
- Evaluation of the European Year of workers‘ mobility (European Commission, DG Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities, 2006-2008)
- Evaluation of activities of the Baltic Assembly 1991-2006 (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, 2006)
- Vandekerckhove, A., Hulpia, H., Huttova, J., Peeters, J., Dumitru, D., Ivan, C., Rezmuves, S., Volen, E., and Makarevičienė, A. (2019). ‘The role and place of ECEC in integrated working, benefitting vulnerable groups such as Roma’, NESET report, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. Doi: 10.2766/041535.
- Brožaitis H., Makarevičienė A. (2018). ‘Fighting Child Poverty: the Role of EU Funding ’, Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies Directorate-General for Internal Policies, PE 626.059.
- Martinaitis, Ž., Paliokaitė, A., Huisman, J., Šarūnas, T., Jurkuvėnienė, L., Martinkevič (from 2010 Makarevičienė), A. and Augustinaitis, A. ‘Analysis of systemic, institutional and individual levels of governance of research and higher education in Lithuania’, Vilnius, 2009.