Impact and Evaluation

Our impact: Youth unemployment is damaging for both young people and costly for society. Over the last five years, the ThinkForward programme has supported over 1,500 disengaged young people in 18 schools in north east London and Nottingham to achieve a successful transition from school to work.

Our approach: Monitoring and evaluation is integral to the way we work, we track young people’s progress at every stage in their journey through the programme, from short-term progress developing work readiness capabilities through to the ultimate outcome of sustained employment.

We set a high standard for tracking long-term outcomes by following young people for 18 months after leaving the programme and check in a 3, 6 and 12 months.

ThinkForward supports young people most at risk of unemployment. They face a range of challenges:

  • 50% are predicted to not achieve 5 A*-C GCSEs, making them 7 times more likely to end up unemployed
  • 61% of our participants’ first language is not English
  • 47% started with lower than expected key stage 3 results
  • 36% have special educational needs.

ThinkForward uses evaluation to improve the way our programme is designed in order to provide even better outcomes for the young people we support, for example:

  • Identify whether particular programme activities consistently deliver better outcomes for young people.
  • Understand whether we are more effective in supporting young people with particular risk factors.
  • Understand the outcomes achieved by our participants relative to what would have happened anyway (the “counterfactual”) by using a control group.
  • Identify the cost savings against the outcomes young people achieve, in particular sustained employment.