Erasmus+ (2014-2020) is the European Union programme for funding education, training, youth and sport, which has integrated all predecessor programmes implemented in these fields. Erasmus+ is aimed at providing opportunities for young people to study, learn, acquire work experience or engage in voluntary activities abroad, and thus stimulate youth employment and fill their skill gaps. The programme also aims to improve the quality and relevance of European education, training and youth institutions and systems through their cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices.
This national interim evaluation of Erasmus+ in Lithuania has been commissioned by the Education Exchanges Support Foundation (EESF), which is the National Agency responsible for the programme administration in the field of education and training. The aim of this evaluation is to assess the contribution of Erasmus+ to the improvement of the quality of Lithuania’s education and training system, as well as non-formal learning and the youth field. In addition, it provides examples of good practice, conclusions and recommendations for the improvement of Erasmus+ programme.
The evaluation is based on desk analysis of primary and secondary sources, more than 40 interviews with representatives of different stakeholder groups (national agencies and programme beneficiaries) and three focus groups with beneficiaries representing different key actions of the programme.