In the report, entitled Developing the early childhood service system and assessing its role in compensating for disadvantage, we examined twenty calls for proposals for the 2014-2020 development period. Of these, ten Human Resources Development Operational Programmes (HRDOPs) and two combined Human Resources Development and Competitive Central Hungary Operational Programme (HRDOP-CCHOP) calls primarily support social inclusion, while six Territorial and Settlement Development Operational Programmes (TOPs) and two CCHOP calls support parental employment.
The evaluation focused on the policy context of the calls, the achievements and shortcomings of the 2014-2020 development period. We examined the use of resources, quantifiable outputs, characteristics of target groups, impacts on quality and accessibility of services, barriers to implementation, territorial targeting and sustainability of developments and resources. The policy context and environment of the two areas have been analysed together, while the other evaluation aspects have been analysed separately for the HRDOP and the HRDOP-CCHOP, and for the TOP and CCHOP calls. For the HRDOP, although we have tried to give a comprehensive picture of all calls, we have focused on the interventions most relevant to early childhood.