PHS policies - Implementation and monitoring guide

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The EU project Improving Measurement of Public Support to Personal and Household Services (IMPact) was launched in 2014 with the ambitious goal of creating a common and comprehensive EU Guide to help Member States to improve assessment and monitoring of the macro-economic effects of their PHS-supporting measures. As such, the project addressed the following issues on an ex-ante and ex-post basis: job creation, transfer from the shadow economy to the formal economy, net job creation, sustainability/optimal level of public investment and return on investments, which were highlighted in 2012 by the European Commission as the main pitfalls of any monitoring of policies that target PHS sectors. The long-term objective of the project is to help public authorities to shape the policies that best fit their needs and objectives.

The theoretical and evidence-based research conducted by the project’s partners led to the development of this Guide on the implementation and monitoring of PHS policies. The aim of the guide is to help public authorities to design PHS measures and monitor their employment and budget effects, but also to help them with assessing current policies and shaping new ones. In that respect, this guide might prove to be interesting not only for public authorities but also for other stakeholders (such as NGOs and federations) involved in the process of implementing a PHS policy.

In that regard, the guide provides different types of information that can easily be found: theoretical background, analytical tools, evidence from existing PHS policies and policy pointers. The guide invites readers to reflect on PHS policies through 5 key areas from the ground and the characteristics of these policies with regard to adopting, monitoring and assessing them.


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This publication is supported by the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013). This programme is implemented by the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment, social affairs and equal opportunities area, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Europe2020Strategy goals in these fields. The seven-year Programme targets all stakeholders who can help shape the development of appropriate and effective employment and social legislation and policies across the EU-27, EFTA-EEA and EU candidate and pre-candidate countries.

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