This contribution brings to the attention of the scientific community some of the results developed by the Evaluation Unit of the Regional Administration of Sardinia, regarding plausibility and effectiveness profiles of the actions undertaken in the social exclusion area based on the 2000-2006 European Funding. After obtaining a picture of the phenomena by means of a Principal Components Analysis on available data, we observe many critical points regarding the devising and effectiveness of the policy. First of all, there appears no matching between the municipalities benefitting of the program and the intensity of the phenomena. Furthermore, perhaps because of the scarcity of available funds, we find that the Heckman (1979) two-stage procedure does not signal the policy as effective in affecting the performance of the municipalities in the control of the social exclusion phenomena.
Keywords: Social exclusion, Principal Components Analysis, Policy effectiveness