Accompanying evaluation of labor market integration measures for refugees

The study assesses the labor market integration measures’ implementation, utilization, effectiveness and efficiency. Based on the evaluation’s results, recommended action plans for a targeted portfolio design of labor market integration measures shall be developed – also taking into account possible conflicts with the objectives defined by the federal integration policy. To that end, it is necessary to respect and follow a number of key issues in several fields:

  1. Monitoring: A comprehensive, descriptive analysis of the existing funding programs serves as a baseline. Yet, it also offers key insights, especially concerning the development of attendance and its structure, the accessibility of the target audience, as well as typical combinations and sequences of individual measures.
  2. Quantitative impact assessment: Estimations on effectiveness of the integration measures always need to be interpreted as cause-and-effect relationship. The central question is to identify whether and to what extent an observed development can be causally related to participation in a certain measure.
  3. Gender mainstreaming and equality: It is of special interest to examine whether labor market integration measures support certain groups of refugees differently. Furthermore, it shall be differentiated, whether these differences can be attributed to different opportunities for access to said measures. Possible systematic differences according to age, origin or education shall also be evaluated.
  4. Efficiency analysis: Concerns the cost-benefit-relation of labor market integration measures, which requires that the effects of said measures can be identified.
  5. Analysis of implementation: Using methods of qualitative social research, the importance of the institutional framework and its actors in the design and the implementation of the measures shall be assessed.
  6. Recommended action: Based on the study’s results, recommendations will be derived. These will largely be concerned with suggestions for improvement on effectiveness and efficiency of the introduced measures.

As part of the consortium the IAW will be focusing on the analysis of implementation, as well as the evaluation of occupational choice and vocational training.

2nd Interim Report (in German)

In cooperation with:

  • Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit GmbH (IZA), Bonn (Konsortialführer)
  • Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung e.V. (DIW), Berlin
  • Kantar Public (Kantar Deutschland GmbH), München
  • Institut Arbeit und Qualifikation (IAQ), Universität Duisburg-Essen
  • Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg
  • RWI – Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (RWI), Essen

Commissioned by:

  • Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Project team:

  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Boockmann (IAW-Projektleitung)
  • Dr. Tobias Brändle
  • Andrea Kirchmann
  • Günther Klee
  • Philipp Kugler
  • Michel Kusche
  • Anastasia Maier
  • Tobias Scheu

Contact Person:
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Boockmann ( +49 7071 9896 20 // E-Mail )


2017 - ongoing