2016 - 2019
El Salvador, Honduras
Cost-benefit analysis, Data collection, Enumerator training, Evaluation design, Instrument design (quantitative)
Youth employment and educational opportunities are limited in El Salvador and Honduras. A large portion of the countries’ youth population faces significant barriers to completing secondary and post-secondary schooling, and engaging in formal employment in the labour force. To improve opportunities for youth, World Vision adapted its Youth Ready training program for implementation in El Salvador and Honduras.
For participants, the first six months of the program involved regular program meetings and formal training on employability, entrepreneurship and life skills. The second six months of the program provided participants mentoring as they looked for work, engaged in entrepreneurial activities, continued in school, or pursued other life goals.
Limestone Analytics was approached by World Vision Canada as early as 2016 to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the program and evaluate its suitability for results-based financing. However, what made this challenging was the limited evidence on the effectiveness of Youth Ready or comparable interventions. Therefore, Limestone was hired to design an evaluation of the Youth Ready training program that could be suitable to inform a cost-benefit analysis, and generate recommendations on the program’s suitability for result-based financing.
It is the first time that the Youth Ready program model, in any form, has been subjected to a rigorous impact evaluation.
The key findings from the evaluation include:
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