MINELRES: New Publication: ECMI Report #60

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Malloy, Tove H. and Michele Gazzola. The Aspect of Culture in the Social
Inclusion of Ethnic Minorities. Evaluation of the impact of inclusion
policies under the Open Method of Co-ordination: Assessing the Cultural
Policies of Six Member States of the European Union. Final Report. ECMI
Report #60

The purpose of this report is to disseminate the results of a research
and evaluation project undertaken in six European Union (EU) Member
States in 2006. The project sought to evaluate the effectiveness and
cost-effectiveness of cultural policies aimed at the social inclusion of
ethnic minorities and Roma/Sinti. The cultural policies formed part of
or complemented the National Action Plans on Social Inclusion
(NAPs/Incl.) under the Open Method of Co-ordination (OMC) adopted by the
EU after the Lisbon European Council in 2000. With the brief to address
key policy measures and strategies implemented by EU Member States while
devoting particular attention to the relevance of the methods,
instruments and indicators used in applied research concerning major
policies aimed at promoting social inclusion, as well as providing a
cost-effectiveness assessment, the report forms part of the evaluation
of the economic and social impact of inclusion policies within the
framework of the Open Method of Coordination on Social Inclusion
(OMC/Incl.). Through original research carried out from a transnational
perspective on the impact evaluation of major policies or strategies
implemented by Member States in the context of their NAPs against
poverty and social exclusion, the project team evaluated the NAPs/Incl.
of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia
and Sweden. In addition to evaluation results, the research aimed at
piloting a framework of Common Inter-Cultural Indicators (CICI).

The aspect of culture in promoting social inclusion of ethnic minorities
was the general focus of the evaluation, as this aspect remains
under-represented in the NAPs/Incl. Although some NAPs/Incl. have
addressed culture, it is unclear what impact these policies have on
combating the social exclusion of ethnic minorities. The European
Commission has indicated that the aspect of culture in promoting the
inclusion of ethnic minorities, immigrants and groups experiencing
extreme poverty and exclusion is a key policy area to be assessed and
evaluated. The present report is an effort to assist the European
Commission in this

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