The European Commission (EC) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have jointly launched an online entrepreneurship policy tool intended to help national, regional and local policy-makers in the EU to assess their policies and actions and to improve them based on reflection on inclusive and social entrepreneurship policies and programmes at different territorial levels.
Open Evidence in partnership with EY was entrusted to conduct the study supporting the evaluation and development of youth entrepreneurship policies and actions. The study included the organization of workshops in 8 EU member states aimed at testing the prototype of the EC-OECD online entrepreneurship policy tool. The study team further performed one-to-one online Think Aloud Discussions that helped to identify and address potential problems and improvements to these prior to the launch of the tool. This fieldwork helped to ensure the relevance of the online tool for policy development at various territorial levels.
The study also involved an extensive review of literature on youth entrepreneurship, covering the implementation and impacts of youth entrepreneurship policies and initiatives at various territorial levels in Europe. Key performance indicators (KPI’s) are proposed to monitor the outputs, results and outcomes of EC activities in this policy field.
The desk research and the fieldwork performed by Open Evidence results in a combination of theoretical research in the area of inclusive entrepreneurship with granular and hands-of findings. The outcomes of the study will provide DG EMPL with international evidence and encourage peer learning between Member States on youth entrepreneurship polices and practices.
The final report for the study will soon be available at the EC portal.