In January we launched the Journey to EmploymenT NI (JET NI) Framework which gave VCSE organisations and funders the opportunity to hear from organisations that had applied the framework, and learn more about work on youth employability and the emerging field of shared outcomes measurement.
Originally launched in May 2013 as part of the UK Inspiring Impact programme, the Journey to Employment (JET) framework identifies seven groups of factors that contribute to successful job outcomes for young people, and suggests robust, easy-to-use measurement tools for each. The JET Pack followed closely behind to provide guidance for organisations taking it up.
With support from the Building Change Trust, Inspiring Impact NI, in partnership with New Philanthropy Capital and the NI NEET Strategy Forum, a revised, adapted framework was piloted in Northern Ireland from June to October 2014. The learning from this process along with the revised JET NI framework was launched at this recent event.
At this event, two pilot organisations; Barnardo’s and Sandy Row Community Forum; explained how the framework helped them to develop their theory of change, identify what and how to measure and use the resulting data to learn and improve what they do.
The event was jointly chaired by Aongus O’Keeffe, Programme Leader Inspiring Impact NI and Jo Marley, chair of the NI NEETs forum, with presentations from:
- Angela Kail – Head of Funders team, NPC
- Gladys Swanton – Learning & Development Manager, Community Evaluation NI
- Lesley Dobson/Stuart Lavery – Barnardo’s NI – BeUp4Work
- Glenda Davies – Sandy Row Community Forum
Speaking at the launch, Aongus O’Keeffe, Programme Leader, Inspiring Impact NI said:
“The launch of the JET NI framework means that there is now a well-tested, practical and useful shared outcomes framework that can help funders and funded organisations collectively measure the impact of their efforts. This framework will particularly help to measure the more difficult to measure or ‘softer’ outcomes. The challenge is now over to funding programmes to adapt such an approach so that we get a better sense of the impact of investments through learning what is working and what is not in particular circumstances.”
You can access the report, the NI framework and the JET pack here: