This is the first Annual Report of the Talent Match evaluation. It is intended to serve as a baseline against which the progress of the programme can be measured in future years. It provides information about Talent Match partnerships and participants from January 2014 to the end of June 2014. During this period, Talent Match projects were initially setting up their projects, and then beginning to deliver services for young people, as part of their planned timetables; and not all projects had commenced delivery by the end of June. Data from this period is therefore limited, and while this report provides some interesting findings, it also notes that further study as the programme progresses may show more developments.
Talent Match is subject to a long term evaluation. Key features of the evaluation include: a strong focus on measuring the impact of the programme (not just in terms of employment outcomes but also in terms of distance travelled and wider effects on wellbeing and on society), testing of different local approaches; sharing experience to improve practice, and building a case for change for policy makers, practitioners and young people at a national and local level.