Published: 25th Jul 2012

It’s not often you attend an event where the venue is a perfect metaphor for the message. And even more unusual when it’s completely coincidental. But that’s what happened in Norwich earlier this week, when the Big Lottery briefed local third and public sector people on a new and potentially exciting initiative. Talent Match is, we were told, all about finding new ways to get 18-24 year olds into employment, education or training. Refreshingly, youngsters who were formerly not in education, employment or training (Neets) played a major role in designing the programme. They’ll play an equally important role when it comes to dishing put the dosh. I think that will give the programme a greater focus on outcomes, rather than outputs. The latter of course are easily manufactured to provide nice clean impact assessments. The former, while more qualitative and thus harder to measure, is what makes the longer … (To read the full article, subscribe below)