PPMI (Public Policy and Management Institute in Vilnius) is a leading European research and policy analysis centre (www.ppmi.lt). It helps public sector and civil society leaders from around the world, presenting evidence in a way that is simple, clear and ready to use. Around 80 per cent of PPMI revenue comes from the services provided for EU institutions and agencies. The work carried out at PPMI has supported policy change in many fields, such as public administration, education and youth, migration, employment and social policy, R&D policy and other (http://ppmi.lt/en/projects-and-expertise-9.html). PPMI implements complex field research, ranging from hundreds of interviews over several months, to international surveys with tens of thousands of respondents, and employs a wide variety of methods for data mining and analysis. All of this is made possible by in-house team of more than 50 dedicated researchers from a range of disciplines and countries. PPMI also collaborates with the best peers, including leading public research institutes, prominent universities, market and data analysis companies, and software developers. By bringing together multiple perspectives from academia, business, the public sector and society at large, PPMI connects ideas and experiences to build a world where policies work.

Lithuanian team in the CEEYouth project

Dovilė Jonavičienė (PhD)

Dovilė Jonavičienė (formerly Žvalionytė) is a Research Director at PPMI. She has 13 years of experience in researching various public policy issues. Her main research interests focus on labour mobility and migration policy as well as social policy, employment issues, and youth policy. Regarding migration research, Dovilė has been involved in several studies that analysed return migration of economic migrants; migration of scientists and other highly qualified workers; the effectiveness of the Lithuanian migration policy; labour mobility within the EU; scale and patterns of the circular migration of Lithuanians. The latter research resulted in a co-edited monograph “Vicious Circle? Return and Repeated Migration of Lithuanians” and a follow-up research project on the integration of return migrants into the labour market and society of Lithuania. In 2014, Dovilė defended a doctoral dissertation on labour market integration of return migrants and holds a PhD in social sciences from Vilnius University. Dovilė employs a wide variety of research methods in her work but has a particular interest in (quasi)experimental techniques (i.e. randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and counterfactual impact evaluations (CIEs)). She led the study “Counterfactual impact evaluation of ESF-funded Active Labour Market Measures in Lithuania” (DG EMPL) that was awarded as a winner of the competition “EU Cohesion Policy: Best Completed Evaluation 2016” organised by the DG REGIO and DG EMPL.

Egidijus Barcevičius (PhD)

Egidijus Barcevičius is PPMI Research Director and an Associate Professor at Vilnius University. He has over 17 years of experience of policy analysis and academic research, based on quantitative, qualitative or mixed methodologies. Thematically he focusses on the fields of changing worlds of employment, human capital development, migration and labour mobility. He has led or contributed to studies, such as: ”Friends or foes? Integration of return migrants into the labour market and society of Lithuania”; “Study on the feasibility of an Erasmus+ virtual exchange initiative”; “Labour mobility within the EU: Impacts of return migration”; “Mobility of young volunteers across Europe”; “Evaluation of the effectiveness of Lithuanian Economic Migration Regulation Strategy”; “Evaluation of the European Year of Worker’s Mobility”. Egidijus holds a PhD in social sciences from Vilnius University and MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science.

Irma Budginaitė-Mačkinė (PhD candidate)

Irma Budginaitė-Mačkinė has more than 8 years of professional experience in conducting studies and evaluations of various public policy initiatives and providing advice to decision makers at national and European level. As a researcher and research manager at PPMI, she has been involved in a number of research projects focusing on return migration and circular migration, with specific focus on integration of return migrants into the labour market and society. Currently, Irma acts as a deputy scientific coordinator of the Network of experts in social dimension in education and training (NESET II), leads the research project on educational measures to support the children of Lithuanian return migrants and represents PPMI in the research consortium “Towards a European framework for community engagement of higher education”. Irma is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Vilnius University and holds a Master‘s degree in Political Sociology from SciencesPo Paris and a Master‘s degree in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University (CEU). She is a member of Network of experts in social dimension in education and training (NESET II), European Sociological Association (ESA) and International Sociological Association (ISA).

Luka Klimavičiūtė

Luka Klimavičiūtė holds a Master’s degree in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and works as a researcher at PPMI. She received distinction for her dissertation on the economic impacts of emigration in Lithuania and Poland, in which she focused on labour market effects, remittances, and human capital accumulation in the two countries. Prior to enrolling in Oxford, Luka worked and interned with various organisations, including the World Bank and the Migration Policy Institute, mostly conducting quantitative analysis. Luka has published articles on the engagement of the Lithuanian diaspora, international STEM students in the U.S., and continues to participate in migration research through consultative projects with the European Research Council and Oxford’s Migration Observatory. In 2016, Luka managed a $10,000 self-designed refugee integration project financed by the Davis Projects for Peace foundation.

Justė Vežikauskaitė

Justė Vežikauskaitė joined PPMI as a junior researcher in the fall of 2018. Previously, she did an internship at the International Organization for Migration in Vilnius, where she contributed to the activities of the European Migration Network. Justė holds a Bachelor‘s degree in Political Science (Vilnius University) and is currently studying Public Policy Analysis in Vilnius University for her Master‘s degree. She wrote her Bachelor thesis on deportations of EU nationals from the UK and is working on her Master thesis about the impact of availability of public services on intra-EU mobility of families and their migration strategies. Justė‘s main academic interests are migration policy and public governance.