Building the evidence

The What Works Unit design and deliver a range of complex evaluations to support evidence-based decision making. We help commissioners to identify what works, for whom and in what contexts across a range of issues including youth unemployment, the future of skills and lifelong learning.

We design and conduct experimental and non-experimental evaluations, including: process evaluation, outcome and impact evaluation, economic/cost-benefit evaluation, theory-based and realist evaluation.

We build prototypes and trials to test the most promising interventions and build the evidence base.

Evidence generated from our evaluations has supported the development of local and national policies that support lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion.


Investing in ‘what works’ activity in Further Education and Adult earning Policy

This policy brief sets out the case for a What Works Centre for further education and adult learning. Completed as part of wider work for the Social Mobility Commission, it out the evidence for establishing a What Works Centre the remit of a new centre the level of investment needed and makes a recommendation to government
Read the policy brief

Developing a Jobs-Plus model for the UK

Learning and Work Institute worked with 19 social landlords across Britain from 2016-2018 to develop these proposals. They were brought together by Give Us A Chance (now Communities that Work). The plan builds on the highly successful Jobs-Plus model implemented in the United States since the late 1990s. We are now working on developing these proposals further.
Find out more about the model

Any ideas?

If you have ideas that you would like to discuss with us then please get in touch with Fay Sadro, head of evidence