APM Labs has launched its first prospectus to find research partners to generate new ideas in the design and delivery of UK employment services.
APM Labs is a new initiative by global disability employment specialist, APM, to improve the impact of employment services and accelerate the pace of innovation in the design and delivery of services to help people back to work.
The prospectus is calling for potential research partners from universities and independent research organisations.
It sets out:
• the mission and aims of the partnership
• how the partnership will work
• possible research themes
• how APM labs will forge links and share learning.
APM Labs will stimulate research that can have a direct impact on the delivery of front-line services. APM’s commitment is to nurture a ‘test and learn’ culture, not only within APM but by sharing research openly with all service providers and their commissioners.
The independent Chair of APM Labs, Dave Simmonds OBE said: “APM Labs is now open for business. The research opportunities are many and various and we’re looking for partners who can bring their expertise to the benefit of disadvantaged communities.”
Alan Cave, CEO of APM UK said: “APM is 100% committed to a new, more open, learning culture in employment services. We believe we are part of a public service for the most disadvantaged people. We have an important social mission which is funded by public money; and we think that should mean sharing evidence of what works.”
The research partners will work with APM Labs to design, test, and evaluate aspects of services for disadvantaged people in the jobs market, in the UK and internationally.
Examples of some of the possible research themes are:
• Improving the assessment of employability for disadvantaged people, including those with health conditions and ex-offenders
• Understanding how the psychology of labour market disadvantage influences outcomes for the service user
• Role of social media and internet-based interactions in the provision of advice and improved skills
• Process design in delivering integrated services
• Design of in-work support services for people with health conditions (and other disadvantaged groups) in partnership with employers
APM Labs also wants to help support the creation of a new authoritative ‘what works’ centre for employment services. The research partners will therefore need to be committed to sharing results.
If you are a research organisation and interested in APM Labs then we would like to hear from you. Details are available by clicking here.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 24 March 2017.