Activity Agreements Evaluation

Synthesis Report

Hillage J, Johnson C, Newton B (IES), Maquire S (Centre for Education and Industry), Tanner E, Purdon S (National Centre for Social Research) | Research Report RR063 | Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) | Oct 2008

cover image

Activity Agreements were designed for young people aged between 16 and 17 not in employment education and training (NEET) for at least 20 consecutive weeks.

By signing an agreement the young person agreed to take part in a series of activities (designed to help them move towards an employment, education or training outcome) in exchange for an allowance. The agreements were piloted in eight areas between April 2006 and March 2008.

This evaluation examined the Activity Agreement pilots from a number of angles:

  • a process evaluation, examining the ways in which the pilots have been set up and delivered, and the main issues associated with their implementation
  • a quantitative element, using surveys of young people to measure the impact of the pilots in comparison to a number of control areas
  • a programme theory element, focusing on testing some key aspects of the policy to identify what worked, what did not, and the reasons for this.