Criar capacidades e quebrar círculos de pobreza
: análise de implementação de um projeto de intervenção social no centro histórico do Porto

  • Inês Vouga Vaz Ferreira (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


The present study aims at evaluating "Catapulta", a social project directed to children and youth in social exclusion in the centre of Porto. Due to its nature, this is a type of intervention that falls into the literature on poverty - here understood as capability deprivation - its perpetuation and intergenerational transmission. The analysis here implemented has, as starting point, the Implementation Analysis Methodology developed by Mendes (2006). The present study is intended, therefore, to identify and explain any failure of the project, based on the idea that the implementation may be conditioned by three types of restrictions: feasibility constraints, individual rationality constraints or incentive compatibility constraints. Several research methods were used in this analysis, in particular the statistical data analysis, interviews with the project leaders and participants in the project were conducted, questionnaires to employees of the promoting entity were also carried out, and we also used the observation method to draw some conclusions about aspects not reflected in statistics or in the interviews and questionnaires The analysis conducted within the present study allowed us to conclude that although the project is meeting the goals set for the first 18 months of implementation, there are some implementation failures. Despite these limitations, the social intervention that the project has been carrying out with the youth, children, families and the local community might be critical for a possible break of any installed poverty traps in the future.
Date of Award2015
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorLiliana Fernandes (Supervisor)


  • Mestrado em Economia Social

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