AuthorGiannetto, Andrea; Pagnini, Costanza
ESF support to investing in children Final Report
Objective and scope of the report
The objective of this thematic report is to assess and provide an overview of the European
Social Fund (ESF) and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) support to investing in children,
by firstly looking at how children have been targeted by the Operational Programmes (OPs)
and at the available data on fi nancial allocation, implementation and performance i n the
first four years of the 2014-2020 programming, and secondly by looking at both
implementation and performance data. Ultimately, this report aims to understand how the
ESF can support children’s well-being and what has worked best so far. This is considered
as particularly relevant al so with a view to th e action plans that Member States will have
to prepare outlining the support the ESF+ can provide to the upcoming Child Guarantee.
Throughout the report, children are defined as being up to 18 years of age. Although
potentially targeting young people o f 18 years of age or below, mea sures tackling youth
unemployment are not included in the overview. These measures generally cover a
broader age range (for example 16 to 29). Therefore, unless the under 18 range is
specified in the descriptions of measures, youth unemployment measures under IP 8ii
were not included in the analysis.
Methodological approach
The first step of the report was aimed at building the analytical framework for the
analysis. During this phase the rationale for ESF intervention in support to investing in
children was identified, along with the most relevant in vestment priorities; operations
funded by the ESF in support of children were also categorised into three main categories
that are then used throughout the study to discuss programming and implementation.
These are:
(Inclusive) Education and training operations
Work-life balance and childcare operations
Other inclusive services for families and children.
The second step was aimed at providing an overview of ESF support to investing in children
across the EU28. It consisted of an ass essment of the ESF OPs and AIRs submitted in
2019 and a quantitative analysis of the indicators availa ble in SFC20141.
The third step consisted in a field analysis, based on an e-survey sent ou t to Ma naging
Authorities and a more in-depth analysis in three Member States, CZ, DE and IT. They
were selected based on their different combinations of socio-economic conditions in
relation to chi ld poverty, ECEC and early school l eaving, combined wi th estimates of the
levels of ESF allocations to children or childcare related operation s.
Key sources of information used for the analysis
Information sources used for the thematic note incl ude:
ESF and YEI Operational Programmes (OPs)2
Annual Implementation Reports (AIRs)
Monitoring data (extracted from SFC2014)
1 The cut-off date of the data gathered is 6 September 2019.
2 Multi-fund programmes (e.g. ERDF and ESF) are also included although the focus lied on operations supported
by ESF and YEI resources.

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