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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics



This seminar presents empirical evidence on three emerging developments in youth unemployment policy: firstly the potential offered by initiatives and partnerships which are youth led; secondly, the role of civil society organisations in coordinating youth unemployment policies alongside the public and private sectors and thirdly, the turn in youth unemployment policy debate towards what are seen as intrinsic determinants of youth unemployment, such as self efficacy and resilience. The research draws on early findings from a large scale evaluation of a £108m seven year programme (called Talent Match) in England which is being funded by the United Kingdom's Big Lottery Fund (the main distributor of Lottery funding in the UK). The programme runs from 2013 to 2020. The programme differs from approaches seen in many EU and national programmes in that it is administered and delivered by civil society organisations working as part of local youth led (18-24 year old) partnerships.




Peter Wells is professor of public policy analysis and evaluation at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR), Sheffield Hallam University. He has led evaluations of major public policy programmes for the Home Office, Cabinet Office and Department of Communities and Local Government, as well as evaluations of EU Structural Funds programmes. He has published extensively on evaluation, governance and social investment. He directed the Office of the Third Sector (Cabinet Office) funded national evaluation of Futurebuilders from 2005-2010. He was also involved in the National Evaluation of the New Deal for Communities as a member of the central data team. Peter is currently directing the Evaluation and Learning Contract for the Big Lottery Fund's Talent Match programme.

Thursday, 20 November, 2014 - 15:00 to 16:00
Contact name: 
Clare Cassidy
Event location: 
Mill Lane Room 1