APM Labs is a new initiative 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.
Led by APM in partnership with academics and providers, the project 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.
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 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.
- Please click here to view the APM Labs prospectus.
- Submit an expression of interest by clicking here. Closing date for submissions is Friday 24th March 2017.