Do not miss out on webinars series held within the framework of the Interreg SIV project in May 2022. Over the course of the next three weeks, you will learn through our webinars more about our experiences gathered during the SIV project and on how to apply this for your own work.
The two webinars on the topics of social impact funds and voucher programmes focus on our experiences with implementing new instruments on the labour market. Specifically, we refer to the social impact funds as our preferred financial instruments and to the voucher models as our novel approach for fostering inclusion on the labour market. Furthermore, you can also find out more about the basics of impact measurement and about how to conduct your own assessments. Finally, we will share our learnings on these topics, from which we derived policy recommendations for further improving the policy framework in the field of labour market inclusion.
A more detailed description of the four webinars within the framework of our SIV webinar series follows:
1. Impact Measurement and Assessment
The webinar will provide an introduction into the basics of impact measurement and impact assessment by answering the following questions: What is impact? What methods and tools do we know to measure impact? And how can we apply these tools and methods to measure and assess impact? Next, we will illustrate the application of these tools by presenting a concrete example of the impact analysis conducted on the German voucher programme within the framework of the SIV project. In the second part of the webinar, we invite our German partner from Diakonisches Werk Württemberg to reflect with us about the potential and shortcomings of impact analyses as well as about how to use the findings of such studies in the everyday work.
The webinar will be closed with open discussion round on the topic.
Date: 12th of May 2022, 15.00-16.30
Flavia Bogorin, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), NPO & SE Competence Centre, Austria
Eva More-Hollerweger, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), NPO & SE Competence Centre, Austria
Klaus Kittler, Diakonisches Werk Württemberg/ Social Welfare Service Württemberg, Germany
2. Social Impact Funds
The webinar will provide an introduction into the topic of social impact funds and will present the specific examples, which have been founded and operated within the frameworks of the SIV project for financing the voucher programmes for labour market inclusion.
Participants will receive a practical introduction in the process of establishing social impact funds based on both public as well as private investments.
The webinar will also provide an insight into the operation of social impact funds through the example of the our transnational Social Impact Fund: “Next Access”
Date: 17th of May 2022, 15.00-16.30
Goran Jeras, Cooperative for Ethical Financing (ZEF), Croatia
3. Employment Voucher Programmes
Participants will get an insight in how to set up and operate employment voucher programmes through the examples of the German and Slovakian voucher programmes of the Interreg SIV project. The diversity and flexibility of the voucher programmes will further be demonstrated through the Czech and Slovenian examples of SIV.
Date: 19th of May 2022, 10.00-11.30
Host: Lubomir Billy, Centire, Slovakia
Sasa Percic, Fund 05, Foundation for Social and Impact Investment, Slovenia
Eva Skrabalova, Centre for Community Organizing Northern Moravia (CpKP), Czech Republic
Pétur Thorsteinsson, Diakonisches Werk Württemberg/ Social Welfare Service Württemberg, Germany
4. Innovative Employment Policies
The webinar aims at presenting the opportunities for public funding for voucher programmes in the European Union based on the results of the policy screening implemented by the Interreg SIV partners. Through the examples of the Austrian and German voucher programmes, the practices of public and private cooperation for innovative employment tools will be demonstrated. Furthermore, we will also take a closer look at the Hungarian example for how to scale a voucher programme as a policy tool.
Date: 25th of May 2022, 10.00-11.30
Host: István Tamás Szenttamási, IFKA Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd., Hungary.
Anna Mészáros, IFKA Public Benefit Non-profit Ltd., Hungary
Clemens Foschi, Caritas of the Archdiocese Vienna, Austria