On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS), ITA evaluated fields of action 2 and 3 of the Inclusion initiative. A total of 140 million euros, financed from the compensation fund, were available to promote the inclusion of severely disabled people within the framework of the Inclusion Initiative. In the National Action Plan for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Inclusion Initiative is of outstanding importance. It was implemented in close cooperation between the BMAS and the responsible Länder ministries in the period 2011 to 2018. The Advisory Council on the Participation of People with Disabilities had recommended that fields of action 2 and 3 be specifically evaluated. Action field 2 was to create 1,300 new training places for severely disabled people in companies and departments of the general labour market, while action field 3 focused on the creation of 4,000 new jobs for severely disabled people over 50. The evaluation was to focus on the effectiveness and sustainability of these two fields of action. For this purpose
- the quantitative achievement of objectives,
- qualitative success factors with regard to the achievement of objectives
- the sustainability of the measures including promoting and inhibiting factors and
- country-specific framework conditions at conceptual and strategic level as well as structures and processes at operational level with regard to promoting or inhibiting effects in the process of labour market integration of severely disabled people
were specifically studied.
In order to take account of the specific conditions in each federal state, the relevant actors were actively involved in the evaluation. Case studies were also carried out in order to get to know particularly positive examples with a corresponding appeal for other employers. The target group itself was also involved in the evaluation later on via appropriate associations etc.
Within the framework of the evaluation, ITA cooperated with SÖSTRA GmbH based in Berlin.