Evaluation of DurhamWorks

DurhamWorks is a partnership project between the local authority and 16 organisations working together to support young people aged between 16 and 24 who are not in education, employment or training.

The project helps young people to develop a CV, search and apply for jobs and prepare for interview. It also provides ongoing information, advice and guidance once a young person has successfully secured a post.

Via in-depth qualitative case studies and a regular pulse survey, our evaluation of DurhamWorks measured the impact of the project on young people’s progression into, and within, employment and training. We also undertook a cost-benefit assessment to demonstrate the saving to the state for each pound invested in the project.

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  • "It’s a great report, and I’ve submitted it to the Ofsted inspection team." – Strategic Commissioner, local authority

  • “Thanks for such a thoughtful report. It will be very useful to us and other organisations. Another great job from York Consulting!” Local Authority Director

  • “Thank you for this very helpful evaluation. I have only received positive feedback on it. It has been great working with you.” Local Authority Head of Service

  • “Your report was extremely thorough, and I appreciate how responsive you were to our additional requests for analysis.” Government department

  • “The team at York Consulting were professional and a delight to work with. I am very grateful for their input.” Government department

  • "Well done – a lot of work in a short space of time and at such high quality.” Sector Skills Council

  • "Your workshop was extremely well received and enabled managers to gain detailed insight, drawing on your expertise and knowledge.” Senior manager, not-for-profit organisation

  • "It [YCL’s final report] is one of the most impressive evaluation reports I’ve had the pleasure to read.” Principal, Further Education College

  • “YCL staff understand our organisation…I have developed a great relationship with them and I hope to work with them again.” Housing Association

  • “I’ve enjoyed working with you on this project. Thanks for your co-operation and flexibility.” Government department