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.

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? 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.

Publications

Balzer, L. (2017). Evaluation des Programms "Jugendprojekt LIFT" Evaluationsbereich G 2016 - Bericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB.

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Reports

Balzer, L. (2017). Evaluation des Programms "Jugendprojekt LIFT". Evaluationsbereich F 2016 - Bericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB.

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Reports

Balzer, L. (2017). Evaluation des Programms "Jugendprojekt LIFT". Evaluationsbereich C 2016 - Bericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB.

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Reports

Balzer, L., & Neuhaus, B. (2017). Evaluation du programme « projet LIFT pour les jeunes » Rapport domaine d’évaluation C 2017. Zollikofen: Institut fédéral des hautes études en formation professionnelle IFFP.

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Reports

Balzer, L. (2017). Evaluation des Programms "Jugendprojekt LIFT". Evaluationsbereich A 2016 - Bericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB.

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Reports

Balzer, L. (2015). Evaluation des Jugendprogramms LIFT, Evaluationsbereich A 2015 - Bericht. Zollikofen: Eidgenössisches Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB IFFP IUFFP.

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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.

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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: 
In progress
Date: 
1.1.2015 to 30.6.2018
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Partner: 

Kompetenzzentrum LIFT, Bern / Centre de compétences LIFT, Berne