Apr 25, 2023
Published in: Youth Futures Foundation website (2023)
Posted on RAND.org on May 25, 2023
This research generates evidence and learning on how infrastructure organisations (IOs) in England support the youth employment space and effect change. It is grounded in the underlying theory of how IOs are expected to work and answers the following research questions (RQs): How do IOs support the needs of the youth employment sector? How do IOs effect change (at regional, national and systemic levels)? How do IOs network and collaborate? What impacts do IOs have on the organisations they support, and young people? How can IOs be better supported by policymakers and funders to improve youth employment outcomes? The study draws on qualitative and quantitative methods: online survey, social network analysis (SNA), semi-structured interviews, review of documentation, workshops, and case studies. The research was conducted between May 2021 and June 2022.