Division for Public Policy and Impact Assessment


HETFA builds on three strengths in its activities of public policy analysis: experience, scientific integrity and vocation. Our analysis activities strongly build on the results and methodological basis of economics, political science and sociology. The operation and development of HETFA, and the selection of our new colleagues and our professional partners follow the principle of their analytical vocation that focuses on factuality, professionalism, thoroughness, usability and results orientation.

Main activities

The main themes of our diverse analytical activities are:

  • Evaluations and impact assessments – macromodeling, statistical, qualitative and participative methods
  • Preparing and developing of situation assessments, concepts, strategies, and programs
  • Supporting development, introduction and application of analysis methodologies and guides
  • Supporting institutional developments and structural changes
  • Public policy analyses in the following fields: employment, social economy, housing, social policy, organization of public administration, education&youth, creative industry, EU programs and development resources, regional development, entrepreneurship, competitiveness, rural development of most disadvantaged locations.
  • Scientific researches related to public policy

Projects and partners

Some of our projects and partners:

  • Evaluation and development of the evaluation framework of the Catch-up Settlements Program of the Maltese Charity founded by the Resilience and Recovery Fund,
  • Participation in the investigation of the development possibilities of the rust zone areas released in connection with the Danube tunnel project examining the Budapest railway passability, as well as in the cost-benefit analysis and external impact assessment of the entire project.
  • On behalf of Habitat for Humanity Hungary, we used macroeconomic modeling to estimate the macroeconomic effects resulting from residential building renovation(s) of a specific depth and type in Hungary.
  • Evaluation of interventions financed with financial instruments during the EU developments between 2014-2020 in cooperation with HÉTFA and Equinox Consulting Kft. on behalf of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM).
  • Evaluation of broadband developments and their use on behalf of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM).
  • Participation in the evaluation of the effectiveness of Social settlement rehabilitation in cooperation with Városkutatás Kft.
  • Participation in the preparation of biannual progress reports of the National Sustainable Development Framework Strategy
  • Preparation of the Annual ProArt Music Industry Report for more than five years.
  • In collaboration with Panteia VB, on behalf of the European Commission DG Employment, participation in the evaluation of the quality improvement of social services under the title “Study on social services with particular focus on personal targeted social services for people in vulnerable situations”.
  • Since 2013, the HÉTFA Research Institute has been developing its macroeconomic impact assessment model, the HÉTFA CGE model, with which we were able to examine the effects of major projects and government programs on the most important macroeconomic variables for various clients.
  • Preparing an analysis of the effects of the COVID restrictions on the operation of the Akvárium Klub and other event locations.
  • Study commissioned by the Hungarian Catholic Charity Service on the adaptation of interprofessional services related to dementia: knowledge expansion and sensitization through local communities.
  • Analysis of the former and current scholarship recipients of the Stipendium Hungaricum on behalf of the Tempus Public Foundation.
  • The development of an integrated preliminary sustainability assessment methodology and educational material promoting the training of economic and financial professionals for the purpose of disseminating knowledge On behalf of the Kék Bolygó Klímavédelmi Alapítvány and the MNB.
  • Mapping of Hungarian event sector and the scientific exploration of the characteristics of the organizations, employees and businesses involved in event organization On behalf of the Magyar Turisztikai Ügynökség Zrt..
  • The “Lost Millennials – Transnational research network for the evaluation of initiatives aimed at NEET youth over 25” project was launched in November 2021 with the support of the Youth Employment Fund of the EEA and Norwegian Funds. The 27-month project is implemented by a consortium of 13 partners across Europe, which is coordinated by the HÉTFA Research Institute.
  • HÉTFA Research Institute organized a joint conference with the Interrégio Forum Association, during which the support for the situation of NEET, i.e. young people who are not working or studying, was in focus.
  • Preparation of a comprehensive assessment of the effects of measures supporting social enterprises on behalf of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology in cooperation with Equinox Consulting Kft. and HÉTFA.
  • Preparation of the research “Cohesion policy and climate protection in Hungary” commissioned by the European Climate Foundation (ECF). The aim of the research was to formulate proposals for Hungary during the 2021-2027 programming cycle.
  • Evaluation and impact assessment of domestic SME programs financed by European Union funds, commissioned by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (ITM In cooperation with Equinox Consulting Kft. and HÉTFA,).
  • The PROFEEDBACK COST action (PlatfoRm OF policy Evaluation community for improvED EU policies and Better ACKnowledgement) was launched under the leadership of HÉTFA. its role in improving the efficiency of decision-making.
  • Study on the past experiences of the 2014-2020 Territorial and Urban Development Operative Program (TOP) and recommendations for the future on behalf of the European Commission (DG Regio)
  • International study on the situation of female entrepreneurs, focusing on the effect of the pandemic on female entrepreneurs
  • Several economic impact study examined Pannonia Bio’s (largest bio-ethanol company of the region) activities and impact on national economy over the past five years.
  • Supporting ISMERI’s work for the European Commission on the monitoring system of state aid subsidies
  • Examining the possibilities of labor market integration of jobseekers with complex disadvantages and a methodological guide commissioned by the Ministry of National Economy (then its legal successor, the Ministry of Finance).
  • ‘What is important to EU citizens – measuring social progress in European regions’ c. project commissioned by the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regio) of the European Commission in consortium with Intrasoft, Technopolis Group, Orkestra and the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Among our important partners are several ministries in Hungary, the Prime Minister’s Office, the Hungarian Competition Authority, the National University of Public Service, the Corvinus University of Budapest, several NGO’s and Charity Organizations (for example Habitat for Humanity Hungary, Maltese Charity, Zachor Foundadtion, Blue Planet Foundation, European Climate Fund).

Our international partners include:

  • European Commission DG Regio, DG Employment, DG EcFin
  • Intrasoft International,
  • Technopolis
  • Ismeri
  • Applica
  • Centre for Social Innovation
  • IDEA.org
  • Representation of the European Commission in Hungary,
  • ENSIE – European Network of Social Integration Enterprises,
  • AEIDL (European Association for Innovation in Local Development)
  • Coffey International Development
  • European Climate Fund
  • Orkestra
  • Institute of Entrepreneurship Development
  • Center for the Study of Democracy
  • IREAS, Institute for structural policy
  • Evidence Institute Foundation
  • University of Burgos
  • Binda Consulting International Ltd
  • Sapientia University of Cluj Napoca
  • Slovak Business Agency
  • ZSI – Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH | Centre for Social Innovation
  • Nord University
  • Bifröst University
  • Demos Research Institute oy


For further information, please contact Luca Koltai at koltailuca@hetfa.hu