Mantas is a Research Manager at PPMI with more than 10 years of experience in conducting research at national and EU levels, primarily in the fields of higher education, research and innovation, youth policy. His latest work in these fields includes coordination of the study “Inclusiveness and Adequacy of Student Support in Higher Education under the Next Erasmus Programme” and leading the implementation of the MORE4 study.
Mantas has an in-depth knowledge and first-hand experience in feasibility analysis, development, validation and reviewing of simplified funding forms and simplified funding mechanisms. He led multiple studies on simplified cost options and other ‘off-the-shelf’ solutions used under the Erasmus+ programme and in implementation and management of ESF and ESF+, mainly commissioned by DG Education and Culture and DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.
Mantas is also experienced in evaluation of the EU agencies and their performance. His portfolio in this field includes two consecutive evaluations of the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency (EACEA), technical assistance to the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) on improvement of its performance measurement system, and several others.
Key areas of expertise
- Policy areas: higher education, research and innovation, youth policy, public management.
- Methods: quantitative and qualitative research methods, including desk-based research, interviews, surveys, statistical analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, qualitative data analysis, etc.
- Project management: proposal and report writing, planning and supervision of research activities, contract management, day-to-day communication with clients and partners, etc.
- MA in Public Administration, Vilnius University, 2011
- BA in Political Science, Vilnius University, 2009
‘Off-the-shelf’ solutions for post-2020: A study to complement the ESF+ impact assessment. DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 2020-ongoing.
Study on inclusiveness and adequacy of student support in higher education under the next Erasmus programme. European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, 2019-2020.
Study “Removing obstacles to cross-border solidarity activities”. European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, 2019-2020.
MORE4 study: Support data collection and analysis concerning mobility patterns and career paths of researchers. European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, 2018-ongoing.
4th Interim Evaluation of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, 2018-2019.
Study support the evaluation of the Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) 2014-2016. European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport, 2018-2019.
Study on impact Erasmus+ Higher Education Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances at local, national and European levels. European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, 2018-2019.
Study “Developing ‘Off the Shelf’ Simplified Cost Options (SCOs) under Article 14.1 of the European Social Fund (ESF) regulation”. European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, 2017-2018.
Interim evaluation of Erasmus+ programme implementation in Lithuania. Education Exchange Support Foundation, 2017.
Study on fostering industrial talents in research at European level. European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, 2017-2018.
Provision of stakeholder feedback services for Cedefop’s performance measurement system. European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), 2017-2020.
Mid-term review of simplified grants used in the Erasmus+ programme. European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, 2016-2017.
3rd interim evaluation of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2015-2016.
Study “Research Careers in Europe”. European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2014-2016.
Evaluation of the Information Policy on the CAP. European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development, 2014- 2015.
Study on assessing the contribution of the Framework Programmes to the development of human research capacity. European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, 2013-2014.
The study on the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) model to be implemented in Lithuania after 2013. Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania, 2013-2014.
Evaluation of the performance of the Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the ETF‘s duties and requirements in the coming years. European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2013.
Strategic evaluation of education and research policy priorities in the new perspective for EU 2014-2020 Structural Funds programming. Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, 2012-2013.
FP7 Marie Curie Actions Interim Evaluation. European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2011-2013.
Interim evaluation of Erasmus Mundus II (2009-2013). European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2011-2012.
Evaluation of the effectiveness of Lithuanian science and industry R&D cooperation policy mix. Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania, 2011.
Interim evaluation of the Life-long Learning Programme 2007-2009. European Commission, DG Education and Culture, 2009-2010.
Budraitis, M. and V. Nakrošis, „Mapping of the Agencies Under the Lithuanian Ministries: How Do the Mapping Data Explain Organisational Birth, Maintenance and Death". In Nakrošis, V. and Ž. Martinaitis (eds.) Lithuanian Agencies and Other Public Sector Organisations: Organisation, Autonomy, Control and Performance. Vilnius: Vilnius University, 2011, pp. 84-109.
Nakrošis, V. and M. Budraitis, „Longitudinal Change in Lithuanian Agencies". International Journal of Public Administration, Volume 35, Number 12, 1 October 2012 , pp. 820-831.