Content of Journal Evaluační teorie a praxe 1(1)

 

Ďurďa, O. (2013) „Výkonnost operačních programů a vybrané aspekty ovlivňující čerpání prostředků z evropských fondů“. : 1–28

Performance of Operational Programmes and Selected Aspects Influencing the EU Funds Drawin

Otakar Ďurďa, Institut evaluací a sociálních analýz 

 

Abstract

Paper analyses the performance and effectiveness of operational programmes in terms their objectives that were defined in accordance with methodology of European Commission and in terms of EU funds drawing. Operational programmes are further analyzed in respect to their key parameters and typical groups of the programmes are identified and explained. Moreover, attention is paid to selected drivers influencing the EU funds drawing and the process of certification. Important parts of the analysis are the comparison between the Czech Republic and Slovakia and the outlook for future program period 2014–2020.

Keywords

Operational program, performance, outcomes, certification, allocation

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Remr, J. (2013) „Srovnání vybraných přístupů k realizaci evaluací“. Evaluační teorie a praxe 1(1): 29–52

Comparison of Selected Evaluation Approaches

Jiří Remr, Institut sociologických studií, Fakulta sociálních věd, Univerzita Karlova v Praze

 

Abstract

Main goal of the paper is to show the variety of how evaluators could solve the evaluation tasks. Results of the performed analysis present how uneven the outcomes of evaluation could be when different approach is taken. The article turns attention toward the basics of evaluative thinking by opening the range of alternative methodological and conceptual frameworks that could be used in the course of intervention program evaluation.

Evaluation is defined with use of several definitions that put emphasis on methodological aspects of evaluative inquiry. In detail, there are four different approaches compared: goal-based, goal-free, constructivists and theory-driven. Each of the approaches is briefly introduced, context of its dissemination is explained and it is also described how the approach relates to other approaches. Useful component of the analysis is an example that highlights the main distinctions among the four approaches and results that each of the approaches can offer.

Keywords

Goal-based evaluation, goal-free evaluation, constructivist evaluation, theory-driven evaluation, evaluation approach

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Potluka, O., Brůha, J. (2013) „Zkušenosti s kontrafaktuální dopadovou evaluací v České republice“. Evaluační teorie a praxe 1(1): 53–68

Experience with Counterfactual Impact Evaluation in the Czech Republic

Oto Potluka, Katedra managementu, Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze; Jan Brůha, Katedra managementu, Vysoká škola ekonomická

 

Abstract

The growing interest in studying impacts of implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy resulted in application of rigorous evaluation methods. This study aims at sharing experience with the process of implementation of a counterfactual impact evaluation in the Czech Republic as there is not much experience with the application of such evaluations in the EU Cohesion policy. In particular, the paper concentrates on the most problematic parts of this type of evaluation that are mainly data collection and data processing and pitfalls of the used methods.

For this purpose the paper uses counterfactual Impact evaluation "Pilot counterfactual impact evaluation OP HRE Area 1.1" as a case to show experience. Specifically, the evaluation of the impacts of the European Social Fund trainings in companies as a case study is employed as a case study.

Experience and results of this study can be then used in the preparation of future impact evaluations not only for the European Social Fund, but also for the European Regional Development Fund in 2014–2020. The implementation of counterfactual impact evaluations may result in increased effectiveness of the Structural Funds interventions through targeted calls for proposals.


Key words

Counterfactual, impact evaluation, regression discontinuity design, instrumental variables, propensity score matching

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Blahovec, V. (2013) „Zaměstnatelnost absolventů vysokých škol“. Evaluační teorie a praxe 1(1): 69–100

Employability of University Graduates (Case Study from ISS FSV UK)

 Václav Blahovec, Fakulta sociálních věd Univerzity Karlovy

 

Abstract

The work „Employability of university graduates” deals with the relationship between tertiary education of graduates and their labor market outcomes. In the theoretical part the work deals with the importance of education in relation to the employability of graduates. The methodological part approaches this relationship on a case study of the Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. Evaluation as a research method is chosen to solve the employability. The analytical part gradually reveals the conceptual model of the evaluated program, stakeholders and their interests. The aim of this part is to answer the evaluation questions about the level of work performance of graduate employability skills.

Keywords

Employability, evaluation, university, employer, Logic model, stakeholder, interests

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Špaček, M. (2013) „Hodnocení dopadů fondů EU na kapacity českých obecně prospěšných společností“. Evaluační teorie a praxe 1(1): 101–119

Evaluation of the Impact of EU Funds on the Capacity of the Czech Public Benefit Organisations

Martin Špaček, Katedra managementu, Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze

 

Abstract

Czech non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have long been struggling by insufficient capacities. The Structural Funds have become a new source for financing NGOs´ activities after the Czech Republic´s accession to the European Union. The presented evaluation study aims to estimate the impact of this source of financing on development of financial and personnel capacities of public benefit organisations (o.p.s.) operating in the Czech Republic. Total revenue, profit before taxation, total personnel expenses and total debts were selected as observed indicators of capacities of o.p.s. The information was obtained from the accounts of individual organizations. There is data on 188 o.p.s. which is used to estimate the impact. The method of matching was used for pairing together with application of the differences-in-differences method. The method of pairing created 56 pairs of organizations with similar characteristics. A positive impact of the Structural Funds on capacities of Czech o.p.s. was found.

Keywords

Non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations; impact; structural funds

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