Evaluation of the ESF federal program to promote integration of long-term SGB II beneficiaries in the general labour market

The ESF federal program for reducing long-term unemployment of people who are able to work and eligible for benefits according to SGB II (eLb) shall create new perspectives for integration in the general labour market. On the one hand, employers that offer long-term unemployed a perspective to employment shall be attracted, consulted and supported. On the other hand, 33,000 long-term unemployed eLb shall be counselled and supported, after they have begun an employment subject to social security contributions.

Central players in the implementation of the program are the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Federal Office of Administration and the Job Centres. The latter could apply for the program, thus participation in the program was voluntary.

The empirical concept combines qualitative and quantitative methods; the analysis entails the following steps:

  1. Analysis of the program’s implementation
  2. Analysis of the participation effects
  3. Quantitative analysis of results and impacts
  4. Cost-benefit-analysis