IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(8): 546-554 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V8.882

Factors of Success in Interventions Addressed to Employment of Vulnerable Categories

Elena-Loreni Baciu and Andreea-Georgiana Bîrneanu
Abstract—The article presents the partial results of a larger qualitative study conducted in Romania between October 2014 and February 2016, aiming at analyzing the successful interventions developed by Romanian organizations in the process of labour market integration of vulnerable categories. For the purposes of the current study, the intervention was defined as a specific, goal-oriented action, implemented by one or more organizations in a joint effort, with a pre-determined duration and budget, a specific set of indicators defining it that targeted and/or involved changing the current status-quo of the vulnerable groups on the labour market, by promoting or facilitating the labour-market integration. A total of 80 interviews focused around 10 case studies (deemed as successful interventions with vulnerable categories) provided the main data used in the current analysis. The data was collected from: representatives of the main implementing organization, representatives of the partner organizations, direct beneficiaries of the intervention and relevant stakeholders from the local community, and referred to: the history of the main implementing organization and its partners, the history of the intervention, the context which facilitated taking the step from planning to acting, the specific content of the intervention, the relationships between the organizations involved, the human resources involved, the financing of the intervention, the lessons drawn from the implementation of the intervention, the results, impact and sustainability of the intervention, and the future plans of the entities involved, based on the lessons drawn. The analysis of the data revealed 37 factors of success, subsequently organized in 3 categories: (1) management; (2) process; and (3) context (external environment). Each of those factors has been proved to have influenced the intervention and shaped it into becoming a successful one. However, some of them have been more influential in providing the intervention with sustainability and durability of results. Among the factors that have the most potential in generating sustainable change, those involving organizational willingness and capability to collaborate and to learn are assessed as fundamental.

Index Terms—Project-based interventions, success factors, intervention assessment, durability of change, sustainability.

Project-based interventions, success factors, intervention assessment, durability of change, sustainability.

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Cite: Elena-Loreni Baciu and Andreea-Georgiana Bîrneanu, "Factors of Success in Interventions Addressed to Employment of Vulnerable Categories," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 8, pp. 546-554, 2017.

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