Theory of change

Theory of change

By facilitating face-to-face meetings between young people and diverse workers (inputs) in carousels of short conversations about work (outputs), we raise their career awareness, aspirations, communication skills and confidence (outcomes), to help them find and keep jobs they do well and enjoy, so reducing the personal and social costs of unemployment and under-employment (impact).

Proving impact is not easy without observing later employment – and long term tracking is costly.  Anyway attributing employability gains to relatively brief interventions in school risks under-stating the effects of other factors, such as home and community inputs.

Currently Worktree focuses on delivering WorkOut sessions and measuring the following:

  • Inputs number of young people and diverse volunteer work guests in facilitated conversations
  • Outputs – number of sessions attended and student and guest evaluation forms completed
  • Outcomes – increases in students’ career awareness, aspirations, communication skills and confidence; guests’ enjoyment of sessions, feeling valued and more positive about their work.