2022
SIDA

This technical note provides support for applying a human rights-based approach (HRBA). The note begins with a short introduction to the HRBA and Sida’s PLANET tool. It then explains how human rights norms and standards underpin the thematic area. The note demonstrates how PLANET can guide staff in planning, assessing and monitoring a contribution through a series of guiding questions and examples. Finally, it provides a simple empowerment and capacity development analysis model and a list of additional resources to explore.

Knowledge Brief
2022
SIDA

This paper presents evidence on how social protection and especially non-contributory cash transfers impact on individuals and households in low- and middle-income countries. The paper provides guidance on what policies, programming and interventions have been considered effective for Sida’s objective of creating better living conditions for people living in poverty and oppression.

Global
Report
2021
European Union

This note seeks to look back at the development and implementation process of the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET). It takes take stock of its main achievements and how they are taken forward in the 2020 Council Recommendation on vocational education and training (VET) for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience and paves the way for future EU initiatives.

Europe and Central Asia
Report
2021
SIDA

This report seeks to answer the question of what works to improve productive employment opportunities and reduce poverty? This question is purposefully broad, as employment-targeted interventions often tackle a wide range of outcomes: the supply of labour that focuses on marketable skills and equal access to productive assets and the demand for labour that focus on promoting entrepreneurship, business development, and market access.

Global
Report
2019
Various

Early results from a randomized control trial (RCT) between Harambee, RTI International, Duke University’s DevLab, and LinkedIn show an increase in employment rates from providing a short intervention on use of the LinkedIn platform for young work-seekers.

Global
Report
2019
World Bank

The purpose of this study is to review the effectiveness of projects that supported jobs for youth in Niger over the years 2007-2018. This report reviews the design and performance of 50 jobs projects carried out under the aegis of the Government of Niger over the years 2007-2018.

Africa
Report
2019
World Bank

This study presents novel evidence from Lebanon on the impact of offering a volunteering program that consisted of inter-community volunteering activities and soft skills training on self-reported social cohesion values in the short term. 
 

Middle East and North Africa
Report
2019
World Bank

This paper examines the effects of a government-sponsored apprenticeship training program designed to address high levels of youth unemployment in Ghana. The results show that apprenticeships shift youth out of wage work and into self-employment. 

Africa
Report
2019
FHI 360

Youth Programming Assessment Tool (YPAT) tool helps youth-serving civil society organizations reflect upon their internal programming and institutional practices and identify areas for improvement. The tool sets standards of best practice and provides concrete steps and examples for improving programming.

Global
Toolkit
2018
International Labour Organization (ILO)

This toolkit provides key steps for planning and designing a youth employment program. While the guide leads the reader through all stages involved in formulating youth employment programs, the main thrust of the guide is on monitoring, results measurement and evaluation.

Global
Toolkit
2018
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

This paper presents findings on the utility of Entrepreneurial Mindset Index (EMI) - a tool to measure attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs associated with being an entrepreneur - highlighting its potential as an innovative and effective assessment tool in the entrepreneurship education landscape.

Global
Report
2017
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

This report highlights the results of the Felestineya Mini-MBA, an innovative solution to advance businesswomen’s management and strategic planning skills through training and coaching with local and international experts, and a host of Bank of Palestine employees.

Middle East and North Africa
Report
2017
World Bank

The toolkit provides resources which are best applied ex-ante in the design of projects and their M&E systems, so that data collection can support implementation progress and reporting from the outset. The indicators and data collection forms may also be useful for related mid-term, final or impact evaluations.

Global
Toolkit
2016
World Bank

This paper systematically reviews and summarizes 40 rigorous evaluations of SME support services in low and middle-income countries and presents evidence to help inform policy debates.

Global
Report
2015
FHI 360

The purpose of this paper is to frame the current issues around measuring employment and labor market outcomes in the context of workforce development programs.

Global
Report
2015
J-PAL

This brief summarizes the impact of a job search planning intervention on job search efficiency and employment among unemployed youth in South Africa. The planning intervention improved participants’ job search intensity and efficiency, leading to higher rates of employment.

Africa
Knowledge Brief
2014
International Labour Organization (ILO)

This report is an example of a randomized controlled trial baseline report from 2014 in Morocco. The research explores the impact of employability, finance, and entrepreneurship training combined with job placement support to better understand young people’s transitions from school to the labor market.

Africa
Report
2013
Global Partnership for Youth Employment (GPYE)

Using examples from the Ninaweza youth livelihoods program in Kenya, this note discusses the importance of impact evaluations, outlines proper methodology and design, talks about where such evaluations are most appropriate and gives key recommendations for their implementation.

Africa
Knowledge Brief
2013
USAID

This paper provides information on the research and evaluation of workforce development programming for youth. The paper presents a framework for guiding the interpretation of the impact that workforce development has on youth outcomes. It also provides the latest evidence of what works in achieving these outcomes, along with a discussion of gap areas in need of further investigation.

Global
Report
2012
GIZ

This guideline builds on the GTZ’s general “Results-based Monitoring – Guidelines for Technical Cooperation Projects and Programmes”. These general guidelines describe seven steps for results-based monitoring.

Global
Toolkit