Business School Professor's EU role
Professor Alan McGregor, Director of the Training and Employment Research Unit (TERU) in the Adam Smith Business School, has been re-appointed for a second term as Expert Adviser to the European Commission’s Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
Over the next 15 months Alan will provide expert advice on the ex-post evaluation across all 28 Member States of the €75 billion European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports investment in human capital, measures to help unemployed people back to work and interventions to promote social inclusion.
In addition, it provides resources to build the capacity of organisations, such as Public Employment Services, in some member states. The ESF has been an extremely important mechanism in helping Member States respond to the global recession post 2008.
Professor McGregor’s advice extends to the technical aspects of these major evaluation contracts in terms of both their design and implementation. In this second term as Expert Adviser his focus will be principally on assisting the Commission in the effective management of the evaluation contracts. This will involve providing detailed technical criticism of the four final reports flowing from the ex-post evaluation, as well as more detailed reports for each Member State. Additionally, advice will be provided on the key lessons for developing a more effective approach to the design, monitoring and evaluation of ESF in the future.
First published: 18 June 2015