GEM Interim Monitoring and Evaluation Summary Report

Courtney, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-5683-8502, Burton, Leonie, Baker, Colin ORCID: 0000-0001-8971-2829, Fielden, Isabel ORCID: 0000-0001-8503-715X, Gardner, Abigail S ORCID: 0000-0003-2994-741X and Malekinezhad, Fahimeh ORCID: 0000-0003-2774-3384 (2020) GEM Interim Monitoring and Evaluation Summary Report. Project Report. University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.

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Abstract

Executive Summary GEM is a social inclusion programme aimed at moving a range of disadvantaged groups closer to the labour market, training and education. Since October 2016 the programme has engaged 1668 participants, of which 429 have moved into paid employment and 148 into education and training. However, the on-going monitoring and evaluation has revealed a range of positive and often life changing outcomes for the vast majority of participants, most notably in improving their personal and motivational attributes and through removing barriers to the provision of advice and support. In building on previous annual interim evaluation reports, this message of profound impact is strengthened and deepened as the evaluation has sought to reach out to the extremities of its harder to reach participant cohort, its partnership and to those on the front line of programme delivery, who have faced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. The network of delivery partner organisations and especially the Navigator Developers (NDs) has developed well through new methods and systems of sharing of information, expertise and resources through the pandemic, including the celebrated #GEMonline. Many NDs reported that the network has become very close and even more collaborative, which has not gone unnoticed by participants who have referred to feeling part of the GEM ‘community’ in the county. This in part reflects GEMs provision of flexibility and autonomy to its partners, which has increased the capacity to establish responsive and creative approaches.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Colin Baker
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2021 16:16
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2021 12:39
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/9324

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