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Research reports and publications

The following wide range of published research studies provide evidence on the impact of careers-related interventions on participation in learning, achievement, progression and participation in employment:

Barnes, S-A. and Bimrose, J. (2008) Quality standards: Assessing labour market information for practice.  Coventry: Warwick Institute for Employment Research/Connexions Kent & Medway.

Labour market intelligence (LMI) is central to effective practice but how it should be accessed and judged in terms of its quality and usefulness is complex. This document sets out a checklist to support practitioners in researching LMI for their practice together with an explanation of some of the relevant terms and concepts.


Bimrose, J., Hughes, D. & Collin, A. (2006). Quality assurance mechanisms for Information, Advice and Guidance: A critical review.  Coventry: Warwick Institute for Employment Research.

This report outlines quality assurance mechanisms used within the field of information, advice and guidance. The authors review and assess the efficacy of existing approaches and highlight the challenges of quality, impact and continuous review processes.


Halsey, K., Murfield, J., Harland, J.L., & Lord, P. (2006) The Voice of Young People. An engine for improvement? Scoping the evidence. Slough: NFER.

This report highlights that much can be learned from the young people's experience of Connexions and from studies into young people's current levels of participatory involvement.


Leadbeater, C. (2004) Personalisation through Participation: A new script for public participation. London: Demos.

This paper provides stimuli materials for reviewing the extent to which individuals are empowered to become active agents in the design and delivery of public sector services. In this context, quality assurance is viewed from the individuals' own requirements and expectations.


Maguire, M (2005) Delivering Quality: Quality assurance and delivery of careers education, information and guidance for learning and work within higher education. Cambridge: National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (NICEC)

This review of careers education information and guidance (CEIG) within higher education includes a focus upon quality assurance arrangements and the associated quality standards in operation. A number of recommendations are made to strengthen the quality assurance arrangements for the delivery of CEIAG within higher education.

Morley, L. (2001) Producing New Workers: quality, equality and employability in higher education. Quality in Higher Education. 7 (2),131-138.

This article addresses employability as a performance indicator in higher education. Questions are raised about the values behind seemingly neutral indicators of value, and whether the same employability attributes have similar economic and professional values for different social groups.

Morris, M. and Wade, P. (2006). Research into Employers' Views of Quality Work Experience Work Experience. National Foundation for Educational Research

This report summarises the findings of an investigation into the views of employers from the West of England area on the provision of work experience. Developments in the provision of vocational education and the National Curriculum have increased demand for work experience placements and has made it necessary to look for ways of encouraging more employers to take school-age students for placements.

Unionlearn (2009). The New Award for Information and Advice

Unionlearn is introducing a new version of the Quality Award* for careers information and advice. The new award will be available to all national, regional and local services with a robust process for working with unions, and who can meet the assessment criteria.

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