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TwentyTwenty Evaluation: Final Report
16 February 2017

TwentyTwenty works with disadvantaged and disengaged young people, aged 10-24 through three Lifeskills Centres based in Loughborough, Leicester and Derby. Their delivery model uses a tailored mix of employability focused education, practical tasks/challenges, and tailored personal support. This model is underpinned by a theory of change which posits that to thrive, young people need the right mix of positive people to relate to, positive opportunities to develop skills, and positive places to learn. The stated aim for each of their service users is that they will: develop self-belief and motivation, achieve in education, learn work-ready skills & attitudes, and find/keep good jobs.

The main aim of the evaluation was to test the assumptions of TwentyTwenty’s theory of change, the effectiveness of the delivery model in achieving the desired outcomes, and the organisational processes that might support or hinder this. Seventy three children and young people and 12 staff members participated in either a semi-structured interview or a focus group. TwentyTwenty also provided the evaluation team with an anonymised quantitative data set on 101 students who had completed their studies at TwentyTwenty.

The majority of young people who took part in the evaluation were very positive about TwentyTwenty. Interviews revealed that for many young people their self-belief and confidence had improved and many were supported to develop work ready skills, such as interview techniques, CV writing and work experience. Whilst students seemed to fare well in terms of their well-being, quantitative data from TwentyTwenty revealed that half were not in employment, education or training (NEET) immediately upon leaving TwentyTwenty and that most students achieved Entry Level qualifications rather than Levels 1 or 2. Evidence from this evaluation shows clearly that TwentyTwenty is meeting many of its objectives with respect to the principles set out in the Theory of Change (TOC). 

To read the report, click here: TwentyTwenty Evaluation: Final Report and to find out more about the service, click here: Twenty Twenty.

 

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