What Works Unit for Learning and Work

Evidence reviews

Our reviews summarise the best available international evidence on what works in employment, learning and skills. We review the impact different interventions have had, look at what works for whom and explore why interventions work.

What works to support progression from low pay. This report reviews impact evaluations and implementation studies to identify effective approaches to increases in earnings or hours, better job security and greater flexibility.

Improving adult basic skills. This report identifies the most effective approaches to developing adult basic skills and, where possible, their cost-effectiveness. A number of interlinked issues are also considered within the context of delivering basic skills programmes.

Responding to local economic shocks. This report explores the national and international evidence on what works to support displaced workers back into work.

Improving attainment among disadvantaged students in the FE and adult learning sector: an evidence review. This report maps the evidence on what works to improve attainment and other related outcomes in FE and adult learning.

Employment support for people with disabilities and health conditions. This report reviews the evidence of what works to support people with mental and physical health conditions into employment.

What works to support 15 to 24-year olds at risk of becoming NEET? This report reviews early interventions that target key transition periods for young people who are considered ‘at risk’ of becoming NEET in the future.

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