Donatas has over 8 years of experience in conducting Europe-wide level studies and evaluations of various public policy initiatives and providing policy advice in the areas of education and labour market to the European Commission and its agencies (Cedefop and Eurofound). He is also heavily involved in various project management activities and has been managing several EU funded framework contracts, both for the Commission's policy evaluation activities in various fields and for provision of EU's development and cooperation support (EuropeAid).
Key areas of expertise
- Policy areas: Education (vocational education and training policy, skills, transparency tools for qualifications and competences, copyright in education), labour market
- Methods: Interviews, surveys, statistical analysis, qualitative research methods (e.g. focus groups), desk research, impact assessment, feasibility studies, organisational evaluation
- Project management: management of research and evaluation activities covering all EU and partner / candidate countries, including building and coordination of culturally and linguistically diverse project teams; management of EU funded framework contracts; cooperation and negotiation with external experts and partner companies, construction of strong project teams and consortia for future research and evaluation opportunities
- MA in Sociology, Vilnius University, 2010
- BA in Political Science, Vilnius University, 2008
- Internship at Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Department of Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion, 2008
- Internship at Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre, United Kingdom, 2010
- Study visit on Renewable Energy and Energy Saving in VET, Hamburg, Germany, October 2012
- National and international conferences, workshops and seminars in the fields of education financing, vocational education and training and related
Feasibility study and technical specification on the development of a citizen tool for transversal skills (European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion, 2015)
Assessment of the impact of the European copyright framework on digitally-supported education and training practices (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2014-2015)
External Evaluation of the European Centre for the Development of vocational Training (Cedefop) (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2012-2013)
Second Evaluation of Europass - 2012 (European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2012-2013)
Growth and employment: anticipating and managing the effects of greening of industries in the EU, (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, 2011-2012)
Financing training in Europe (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, 2010-2012)
Training leave to promote VET in Europe (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, 2010-2012)
The role of loans in financing vocational education and training in Europe (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, 2009-2010)
VET financing mechanisms in selected EU member states (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, 2008-2009)
Cedefop (D. Pocius is one of co-authors). Loans for vocational education and training in Europe. Cedefop Research Paper No. 20. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2012. Available at: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/publications/19857.aspx.
Cedefop (D. Pocius is one of co-authors). Sharing the costs of vocational education and training. An analysis of schemes in the newer EU Member States. Cedefop Panorama series, 182. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2009. Available at: www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/news/3955.aspx.
Cedefop (D. Pocius is one of co-authors). Training leave. Policies and practice in Europe. Cedefop Research Paper No. 28. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2012. Available at: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/publications/20733.aspx.
Dumčius, R., Pocius D. Who pays for training? Cost-sharing mechanisms in Europe. Lifelong learning in Europe, 2/2012.