Evidence of effectiveness
The programme increased the probability that its uneducated participants found a job by 34– 40% points. 57-71% of the participants entered employment at least once during the programme period or within 6 months after completing the programme.
The budget of the programme in per capita terms was 796 thousand HUF per person in the programme. If we consider only those participants who found a job during the programme or within half a year afterwards, per capita costs amount to 1,263 thousand Forints per person This per capita budget would be enough to finance 14-15 months of public works per person, calculated at 2013 nominal prices. Based on the Roma population of the settlements from where there were no programme participants, about 16-17% of the Roma population (a key target group) was completely left out from the programme. As the data suggests, if a programme is bigger in size, it can reach not simply more people, but smaller settlements as well. This is important, because 16% of the Hungarian Roma population live in small villages with less than 1,000 inhabitants. This outcome also suggests that there was some creaming in the programme (i.e. PES staff was less likely to offer participation to the most disadvantaged jobseekers, within the eligible pool). There are no unexpected benefits or costs recorded in the evaluations of the programme.
Engagement of stakeholders
The continuous feedback between the PES staff, the mentors and the training providers would be of utmost importance to ensure the success of this and similar programmes. There is limited evidence on the frequency and way of knowledge sharing among the different actors in this programme.