Evaluation of the programme "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 and expansion to nearly 100 different locations all over Switzerland during the project phase (2010-2014), LIFT has changed its status from project to programme. The LIFT competence centre primarily does the following: ensure that LIFT activities are carried out in a sustainable fashion in cantons where a performance mandate has been signed; set up additional local LIFT offices all over Switzerland; provide these offices with guidance; and to coordinate the entire project.
The role of SFIVET’s Evaluation Unit is to provide the information needed for decision-making on performance agreements to be signed with the cantons. Here, knowing what solutions were actually found by LIFT-sponsored young people at the end of their schooling and the quality of these solutions is very crucial.
In addition, key project elements from LIFT are analysed in detail.
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? What exactly occurs during weekly employment of young people? What concepts are reflected here? How are young people selected for LIFT support at the various locations?
In addition, information will be gathered to determine the solutions found by LIFT-sponsored young people and initial career progression. Groups of young people will then be assessed in order to deliver absolute judgement and to draw relative comparisons with cantonal groups outside LIFT. This is a key pillar for analysis of LIFT effectiveness.