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.