Key findings

Developing and sustaining partnerships and networks

Developing partnerships and networks: programme aims

From the beginning of GOAL, adults guidance system in Lithuania was evaluated as fragmented with several networks of guidance providers that interact with each other and with poor coordination at national level and among networks. With GOAL it was aimed to explore what were the existing partnerships of the sites and what partnerships proved to be successful or needed strengthening. It was also expected that broader networks of organisations would be developed.

Existence and scope of partnerships and networks

The intervention sites had partnerships with various organisations and bodies before the GOAL programme that have existed for some time. Some cooperation (e.g. with employers and the Lithuanian Labour Exchange/ Public Employment Service) was quite intensive and regular; other partnerships (e.g. NGOs) could be characterised as fragmented and dependent on project-based funding. The partnerships came from diverse fields (education, employment, NGOs) with local level organisations least represented. The strongest partnerships seem to be those with employment area organisations (Public employment services, Vilnius youth labour centre, employers).

Challenges and barriers

The GOAL programme was mainly built on existing partnerships of the sites. The main challenge of the programme was establishing new sustainable partnerships. In general, new partners (e.g. NGOs, employers, municipal branch) were quite open for suggestions to cooperate, however, practically they were not so active in practical work and cooperation. The least successful were the trials to establish partnership with municipal welfare services. Local policy actors did not see the actual benefit of referring their clients to GOAL services since they were already in close contacts with guidance services of PES.

The main reason for this is that the sites and GOAL programme in general could offer counselling sessions to limited number of clients and no other real and tangible motivation for partners to be active in the project could be offered.

Strengths and achievements

In the run of GOAL existing partnerships have strengthened and new partnerships were established. For example, a partner institution that joined GOAL in Wave 2 confirmed to be ‘fully satisfied with cooperation‘. Participation in GOAL did prove to the sites the importance of having good and settled contacts with referring institutions if they want to keep new clients coming. Programme sites and partners were willing to keep the existing partnership because of the direct benefits they received from it: counselling and training of unemployed people, future staff, second-chance education opportunities for early school leavers, etc. One of the gains of GOAL is that the partnership between the VET institution and adult education centre developed and, importantly, both see the way for more intense cooperation in the future.




"GOAL interview: a client came to discuss a program for validation of employability skills, in which she is going to participate."

"In-house discussions with other counsellors and project managers on an unexpected issue with a student. We tried to solve the issue together. We had to contact another school."


“Presentation for unemployed people about possibilities to get involved into the Goal project and get free of charge orientation and guidance.”

“Orientation and guidance of adult people. 2 clients are consulted: they are unemployed and have plans for learning a new profession in order to find a job.“


“The prison population and educational needs of the detainees are far from homogeneous.”

 “Usually, there are 6 to 8 detainees at a time, each with an individual program. I guide them. The guidance can be focused on basic education, vocational education or specific courses detainees are taking at that time”


"Working with clients gives me energy and brings me joy, because between individual sessions I can see progress, changes, new beliefs, enrolment in education programmes and I can build good relationships with my clients."


"The feeling that I do a lot of good for my clients is priceless."

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“At the start of every session, counsellors try to gather information about the client, his or her position within the family and wider friendship circles, and his or her health. They also explore the client’s feelings, ideas and motivation.”

“Based on the client’s answers, the counsellor selects ways to proceed in order to meet the client’s needs and goals.”


"All information, agreements made and steps taken during sessions are written down in the registration system"

“Even the names of persons clients have been talking about are registered in order to remember the whole communication line and, more importantly, to avoid them having to say things twice. It creates a sense of trust with our clients.”


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