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Scotland’s skills utilisation programme: an interim evaluation

Payne, Jonathan 2011. Scotland’s skills utilisation programme: an interim evaluation. [Working Paper]. SKOPE Research Paper, vol. 101. Cardiff: SKOPE, Oxford and Cardiff Universities. Available at:

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It is increasingly accepted that improvements in productivity, competitiveness and social well-being depend not only on boosting skills supply but also ensuring that skills are utilised effectively inside the workplace. Skills utilisation is a relatively new policy area, however, and the evidence base upon which to formulate and develop new policy interventions is limited. In the UK, Scotland is leading the way on this agenda. This paper reports on the findings from a mid-term evaluation of the Scottish Funding Council’s programme of ‘action research’ projects, which are aimed at exploring the potential contribution of universities and colleges to improved skills utilisation in the workplace. The evaluation finds some initial empirical evidence for establishing proof of concept, but also identifies challenges in relation to capacity building and sustainability. The potential exists, it is argued, for the programme to contribute to a broader approach to skills and innovation policy in Scotland.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Published
Schools: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
Additional Information: category 6&14 Also published online by Scottish Funding Council
Publisher: SKOPE, Oxford and Cardiff Universities
ISBN: 1466-1535
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:43

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