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Counterfactual Impact Evaluation of the OP HRE

Title: Pilot Counterfactual Impact Evaluation of the OP HRE, measure 1.1

Název: Pilotní Counterfactual Impact Evaluation OP LZZ, oblast podpory (Czech version)

Implementer: Faculty of Business Administration,

Partner: IREAS

Project objective: To realize Counterfactual Impact Evaluation of the OP HRE measure 1.1 and to disseminate the knowledge about this method among evaluation community.


The Operational Programme Human Resources and Employment (OP HRE) in its measure 1.1 is oriented to business assistance in the field of human resources development. There have been assisted thousands of Czech firms.

The objective of the project is to conduct of a rigorous application of counterfactual impact evaluation (CIE) to answer the following questions:

  • What was the actual causal effect/impact of the intervention on assisted projects from OP HRE 1.1 in comparison with the counterfactual situation without the intervention? What was the effect/impact on the competitiveness of companies (e.g.: growth in sales and profit), business investments in employee training, staff turnover, business growth expressed as newly created jobs.
  • Are there any significant differences in effect on some groups of supported enterprises? If so, what?
  • What is the mechanism of effect of the call on supported company? Why intervention is (not) work?

The project is not only about implementation of the counterfactual analysis, but also about processing this pilot evaluation as a case study for evaluation community in the Czech Republic. Then, it helps to identify areas of intervention of EU funds suitable for application of the CIE in the Czech Republic.

Outputs: The main outputs of the project are (active links provide more detailed information):

Beginning of the implementation: 3. 5. 2011
End of the implementation: 31. 12. 2013