Evidence of effectiveness
Due to the instrument's flexible implementation, different models were executed in the districts included in the Pathfinder evaluation. While explicit impacts were not specified in the evaluation report, initial discussions with Jobcentre Plus staff suggested that a collaborative approach to engaging with schools improved the instrument's effectiveness. Jobcentre Plus and LEP/EAN staff also reported making use of existing school networks and contacts to arrange face-to-face meetings, and the Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme proved to be an effective way of engaging schools. Overall, the programme was well received by both schools and employers. As expected, the schools involved benefited from the added value of receiving an additional free resource and new opportunities for careers education activities. Although not a cost, demand was not as expected (in the first implementation stage) based on the lack of information given to schools. However, once schools were properly informed, demand rose to the expected level.
Engagement of stakeholders
Stakeholders have been heavily involved in the evaluation process of the instrument. The stakeholders chosen to partake in the evaluation are as follows: Jobcentre Plus schools advisers; key local partners including Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP, coalition organisations formed of local businesses) and the Careers and Enterprise Company’s (CEC) Employer Advisor Network (EAN, a network set up to facilitate stronger links between businesses and schools and colleges) staff; career leads from both participating and non-participating schools; and employers connected to the programme. Involvement generally took place through Jobcentre Plus contacting schools directly (and then organising events with employers), and once schools became better informed of the programme, they would also reach out to Jobcentre Plus about potential opportunities.