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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Lifelong Guidance Policies: Work in Progress -Short Report
By iccdppadm @ 1:49 AM :: 9131 Views :: 24 Comments :: :: Co-ordination and Leadership, Ensuring Quality, Assessing Effectiveness, European Union (EU), Expanding Access to Guidance, ELGPN-European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, Career Management Skills
This is a shortened version of a report on the work of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network from 2008-2010. It covers: career management skills, widening access to careers services, cooperation and coordination of stakeholders, quality assurance of services, and developing the evidence base for policies. The full report has already been placed/referenced on this web site.
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Monday, August 29, 2011
Lifelong Guidance Policies: Work in Progress. Dr R Vuorinen and Dr T Watts eds.
By iccdppadm @ 6:48 AM :: 9132 Views :: 21 Comments :: :: Co-ordination and Leadership, Ensuring Quality, Assessing Effectiveness, European Union (EU), Expanding Access to Guidance, ELGPN-European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network, Career Management Skills
This is the full report of the work of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) 2009-10 in a very readable format as presented by the representatives of the EU Member States, and edited by Dr Vuorinen and Dr Watts. It describes the structures and processes of the ELGPN  and reports on its work in implementing the priority action areas of the Resolution (2008) of the EU Council of Education Ministers: expanding access to services, teaching and learning career management skills, assuring the quality of careers services, developing the evidence base for policy making, and stakeholder cooperation and coordination at national, regional and local levels. Country examples of actions for each of these are provided. It outlines the EU policy context for the work of the Network, examines links between policy and EU funded guidance projects, and considers the development of a Common European Reference Tool for lifelong guidance.
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Monday, August 29, 2011
Lifelong Guidance Across Europe
By iccdppadm @ 6:05 AM :: 8252 Views :: 23 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Ensuring Quality, Assessing Effectiveness, European Union (EU), CEDEFOP, Expanding Access to Guidance, Co-ordination and Leadership
This Cedefop 2011 publication examines progress by EU Member States in implementing the priority action areas of the 2008 European Council Resolution on Lifelong Guidance. These areas are: expanding access to careers services, the teaching and learning of career management skills, assuring the quality of career services, developing the evidence base for policy making, and strengthening cooperation and coordination of key stakeholders at national level. It covers the period 2007 to 2010.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Self-Help and Career Planning: Report for Skills Development Scotland 2009
By iccdppadm @ 9:39 PM :: 11777 Views :: 8 Comments :: :: Parents and Career Guidance, Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Expanding Access to Guidance, Assessing Effectiveness, United Kingdom

This report prepared by the Centre for Educational Sociology at the University of  Edinburgh, describes a trial of possible measures of young people’s career self management skills and decision-making. The research considered pupils’ use of self-help services, in particular career development websites, and the impact of these websites on pupils’ career related learning and skills.

The main findings include:

  • the use of career development websites in Scotland has had a very limited impact on pupils' career related learning and skills; the only positive discernible impact on career related learning and skills was from an interview with a careers adviser
  • the use of the school's career library had a greater impact on pupils' career management skills than did the use of the main Scottish career development websites
  • for school-pupils, self-help provision is only one element that is used alongside other career service provision
  • truancy, having a negative attitude to school, and lower attainment were associated with a lower usage of self-help services including career websites. These factors, however, did not make a difference to the chances of pupils having direct contact with a careers advisor (both on a group and an individual basis)
  • pupils from a minority ethnic background were more likely to seek direct contact with a careers advisor than to use self-help services
  • family and friends are considered by pupils to be their most important source of career information and advice.

These findings are important in the light of the central role envisaged for career development websites (as well as other ICT) in government strategies for careers related learning and skills.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Career Developments: Newsletter from Canada
By iccdppadm @ 9:21 PM :: 6156 Views :: 3 Comments :: :: Assessing Effectiveness, Canada, Co-ordination and Leadership

This is Volume 2 Issue 2 of Career Developments, a newsletter issued by the Canadian Council of Career Development Associations. It features:

-Information about the Council of Associations

-Do Career Development Interventions and Services Work?

-A Provincial View from New Brunswick.

Other issues may be accessed at: http://www.ccdf.ca/ccdf/index.php/careerdevelopments

 

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Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Assessing the Impact of Labour Market Information (LMI): Second Phase Results
By iccdppadm @ 8:53 PM :: 6063 Views :: 10 Comments :: :: Assessing Effectiveness, Canada
This is a power point presentation prepared by the Canadian Research Work Group to describe the back ground to the project, its preliminary results in the second phase, and next steps. It is one of Canada's contributions to the Forum and deliberations on the ICCDPP site which is concerned with the topic "Prove It Works", arising from an international Work Group established on the recommendation the 2009 International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy. See the Forums section of this site.
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Monday, April 04, 2011
Making Career Development Core Business by Prof. Richard Sweet and Prof. Tony Watts*
By iccdppadm @ 6:30 PM :: 9388 Views :: 10 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Assessing Effectiveness, Australia, Co-ordination and Leadership

This study*, published in December 2010, was commissioned by the Departments of Education and of Business and Innovation of the State of Victoria, Australia. Victoria has a population of 5.5 million inhabitants living mainly in urban areas.

The focus of the study was the effectiveness of career guidance provision for young people in secondary schools and in VET and ACE settings. Existing career development programmes and provision were reviewed and state, national and international best practice drawn on.

Recommendations for improvements include: career guidance in the curriculum, school management of career guidance provision, the leadership role of the Department of Education, strategic support for career guidance in VET and ACE settings, external services support, school education region support, State-wide coordination in this field, cooperation and coordination between agencies that assist the career development of youth at risk, and support for families.

The full list of contributors to this review were: Professor Richard Sweet, Dr Veronica Volkoff, Professor A.G. Watts, Sue Helme, Dr Suzanne Rice, Professor Jack Keating, Sujatha Pannell.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010
EVIDENCE AND IMPACT: CAREERS AND GUIDANCE-RELATED INTERVENTIONS
By iccdppadm @ 8:50 PM :: 11125 Views :: 17 Comments :: :: Guidance in Schools and Training, Guidance in Tertiary Education, Guidance for Young People at Risk, Assessing Effectiveness, Europe, United Kingdom

This publication (2008) written for the CfBT by Dr Deirdre Hughes is situated in UK policy aims of increasing the participation of young people in further education and training in the UK with specific targeted increases for years 2013 and 2015. In particular the publication examines how the impact of information, advice and guidance services can be assessed in assisting the achievement of such targets. This is an important question facing policy-makers, service delivery managers, practitioners and as well as the concerned public.

While written for a UK audience, the text is an excellent source of knowledge and information on general issues concerning evidence, its nature and collection, and on possible policy performance indicators. Its chapters cover:

  • key questions about evidence
  • the evidence base
  • strategies, tips and tools for measuring and assessing the impact of careers and guidance-related interventions
  • the customer voice-personalisation.

A very useful glossary of terms is provided in Appendix 2. Highly recommended.

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Sunday, September 05, 2010
Social Mobility of Young People and Adults in England: The contribution and impact of high quality career services
By iccdppadm @ 9:43 PM :: 10360 Views :: 10 Comments :: :: Public Policy, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, Assessing Effectiveness, European Union (EU), United Kingdom
While the context and content of this paper sit firmly within the expressed political positions of the three main UK political parties during the present year, 2010, Section 3 of the report demonstrates that career services and counselling support can and do make a difference in terms of learning outcomes such as increased self-confidence, self-esteem, motivation, and enhanced decision-making. They also support significant participation in learning and educational attainment. For progression to employment, the evidence is less clear though there is some evidence that highly intensive support for the unemployed can make a difference.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Proposed Performance Measures and State Responses: Analysis and Next Steps
By iccdppadm @ 8:50 PM :: 13834 Views :: 10 Comments :: :: Guidance for Young People at Risk, Guidance for Unemployed Adults, Guidance for Older Adults, Guidance for Disadvantaged Groups, Assessing Effectiveness, Americas, USA

This report (2004) by Chris T King and Sarah Looney of the Ray Marshall Centre of UTA contains a discussion of 30 workforce development performance measures generated by several US states for 7 areas of interest to policy and program leaders and rated by them for usefulness.

The seven areas are: outcomes for employers and the economy; labour market outcomes for program participants; social welfare outcomes; customer satisfaction; skills gains; return on investment; and sub-group and comparative information. A One-Stop Career Centre was one of the features of services examined in this context.

In their review of the measures, the authors used the following lenses: rationale; feasibility; accuracy; validity; systems focus; time frames; and definitions.

While career development services were only one of the program features examined, the lenses used by the authors can be of value to policy makers/developers, delivery service managers, researchers, and leaders of the career guidance community in the search for meaningful policy performance indicators.

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