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The JET Pack: a guide to using the Journey to EmploymenT framework

In May 2013, we published the Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework which identified factors that influence young peoples’ transition into work, presenting the evidence base for these and suggesting potential evaluation tools. The JET Pack is an eight-step guide designed to help organisations implement the framework – identifying what to measure, deciding how and when to measure, and using the resulting data to learn and improve.

This JET pack takes you through eight simple steps to measuring your impact with the Journey to EmploymenT (JET) framework.

1 - theory of change

Step 1: Think about your theory of change

The first step to developing your evaluation approach is to map out how your project or organisation leads to change for young people. This will help you to select what outcomes to measure, and identify the data you need to collect.

2 - prioritise outcomes

Step 2: Prioritise your outcomes

Measurement should be proportional, and should provide you and your stakeholders with useful information. To achieve this, prioritisation is important—it is better to measure a few key outcomes well.

3 - match outcomes

Step 3: Use the JET framework to match outcomes

From the 7 groups of factors identified in the JET framework, select the outcomes that best match your organisation’s.

4 - select measures

Step 4: Use the JET framework to select measures

Three main features of a project should influence the measure you choose: frequency, intensity and duration. Once you have considered the type of intervention you deliver, you can use the JET framework to search the measures available for the outcomes of your project.

5 - choose design

Step 5: Choose a research design

Consider when is the best time to take a baseline measure, and when to take a follow-up measure, how to use the tools in ongoing programmes or rolling interventions, and how to sample with a smaller group of people.

6 - start measuringStep 6: Start measuring

This section gives you an overview of some of the practicalities in giving out questionnaires, answering questions and thinking about staff skills and training needs.

7 - analyse the dataStep 7: Analyse your data

We will make pre-formatted Excel answer sheets available upon request. Enter data from the questionnaires into the relevant tabs by selecting the appropriate responses or by entering the scores. Then learn how to analyse the data, and interpret and report on your results.

8 - learn and improve

Step 8: Learn and improve

Measuring your impact is not just about demonstrating what you have achieved. The final, crucial stage of the measurement cycle is to learn from the data you collect.

 

Getting started

  • Download the full JET pack here.
  • Download the JET poster for a summary of the eight steps.
  • Join our LinkedIn Group to ask questions and meet other organisations using the framework.

 

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