Evaluation of LIFT youth project

The LIFT youth project designs, tests and evaluates new ways to help young people with poor scholastic and social skills, in cooperation with schools, school boards, parents, guidance counsellors and the private sector.

As early as during compulsory education, young people who are likely to encounter difficulties with the school-to-work transition will:

  • Be individually identified early on (7th year of schooling)
  • Receive support to develop social competence
  • Receive support to develop skills (work during the week)
  • Receive professional guidance and will gradually be eased into working life

Following a successful pilot phase (2007-2009) with four schools, the NSW/RSE’s main task as the LIFT competence centre is to set up other local LIFT offices across Switzerland, to provide these offices with guidance and to coordinate the entire project.

The role of SFIVET’s Evaluation Unit is two-fold: first, to provide evaluation information that can support expansion work and secondly, to determine what solutions were actually found by LIFT-sponsored young people at the end of their schooling and the quality of these solutions.

Method

The evaluation focus is placed on analysis of project activities at local LIFT offices. What works well and what doesn’t? What criteria lead to successful LIFT outcomes? How well are criteria met in each location?

In addition, information will be gathered to determine the solutions found by LIFT-sponsored young people. Groups of young people will then be assessed in order to deliver absolute judgement and to draw relative comparisons with cantonal groups outside LIFT.

Publications

Balzer, L. (2015). Evaluation Jugendprojekt LIFT III, 2014 - Abschlussbericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB IFFP IUFFP.

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Reports

Balzer, L. (2014). Anschlusslösungen im Jugendprojekt LIFT, Laufbahnzentrum Zürich - Abschlussbericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB IFFP IUFFP).

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Reports

Balzer, L. (2013). Evaluation Jugendprojekt LIFT III, 2013 - Abschlussbericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB IFFP IUFFP).

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Reports

Balzer, L. (2013). Evaluation Jugendprojekt LIFT III, 2012 - Abschlussbericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB).

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Reports

Balzer, L. (2012). Evaluation Jugendprojekt LIFT II - Abschlussbericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung (EHB).

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Reports

Balzer, L. & Dick, W. (2012). Erste Schritte in der Arbeitswelt. BCH Folio, 137(4), 54-57.

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Magazines & Media

Balzer, L. (2012). Wie integriert man potentiell gefährdete Jugendliche in die Arbeitswelt? Evaluation des Jugendprojektes LIFT. In C. Baumeler, B.-J. Ertelt, & A. Frey (Hrsg.), Diagnostik und Prävention von Ausbildungsabbrüchen in der Berufsbildung (S. 254-269). Landau: Verlag Empirische Pädagogik.

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Book contributions

Balzer, L., & Dick, W. (2010). Mieux vaut se frotter au monde du travail dès treize ans déjà. Panorama, 24(2), 22-23.

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Magazines & Media

Balzer, L., & Dick, W. (2010). Erste Arbeitswelt-Erfahrungen bereits mit 13. Panorama, 24(2), 22-23.

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Magazines & Media
Presentations

Balzer, L. (2015, März). Evaluation des Jugendprojektes LIFT. Beitrag präsentiert an der dritten Tagung „Heterogenität. Wert. Schätzen.“ der Gesellschaft für Empirische Bildungsforschung (GEBF), Bochum, Deutschland.

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International presentation
Scientific Presentation

Balzer, L. (2015, March). How to help young people at risk entering the world of work in Switzerland: The example of the project LIFT. Paper presented at the Symposium “Helping youth at-risk entering into the working world in different cultural contexts of Switzerland and South Africa” at the 4th congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training of the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), Zollikofen, Switzerland.

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National presentation
Scientific Presentation

Balzer, L. (2011, March). What can measuring of effects in VET-reality mean? The example of the VET-programme LIFT, Presentation at the 2nd congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training of the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (SFIVET), Zollikofen, Switzerland.

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National presentation
Scientific Presentation

Balzer, L. (2010, Juli). Wie integriert man potentiell gefährdete Jugendliche in die Arbeitswelt? Das Projekt LIFT. Beitrag präsentiert an der 2. Österreichischen Konferenz für Berufsbildungsforschung, Steyr, Österreich.

Publication-Type: 
International presentation
Scientific Presentation

Balzer, L. (2009, March). How to help young people at risk entering the world of work: The project LIFT. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Congress on Research in Vocational Education and Training at the Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Zollikofen, Switzerland.

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National presentation
Scientific Presentation
Project-State: 
Completed
Date: 
1.1.2010 to 31.12.2014
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Netzwerk für sozial verantwortliche Wirtschaft NSW, Bern / Réseau pour la responsabilité sociale dans l’économie RSE, Berne / Network per la responsabilità sociale nell’economia NSW/RSE, Berna