Theory of change

Facilitating face-to-face meetings between young people and diverse workers (inputs) in carousels of short conversations about work (outputs), we raise young people’s 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 because long term tracking of young people into employment is costly and currently unafordable.  Also, 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 participant 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.