To improve evaluation and get it embedded in the policy design, we have provided a number of case studies across our policy areas. Below we four examples where a business advice policy intervention has been evaluated for its impact on local economic growth. (Read about our approach to this policy here).
Each evaluation case study has met our minimum standard, which we judge using a version of the Maryland Scientific Method Scale (SMS). In the case of this particular policy, the case studies show examples of all three levels that meet our standards. SMS 3, 4 and 5. SMS 3 demonstrates an adequate control group or counterfactual in its approach, while SMS 5 is the gold standard - a randomised control trial (RCT).
Evaluation need not be a very technical exercise and it can be helpful to borrow from the approaches adopted in existing studies. Read more about how to evaluate, and why we think it can be helpful to plagiarise in our How to Evaluateseries. You can also read up on a number of different evaluation methods in our scoring guide to help you both judge other evaluations, and make a decision about which method to use.
This study tests the effectiveness of adult education vouchers on labour market outcomes, using Swiss data. Read more.
This study assesses vocational training programmes for the unemployed in Sweden during the 1993-97 recession. Read more.
This study evaluates two UK Government programs targeted at the long-term unemployed: Employment Training (ET) and Employment Action (EA). Read more.