IPPO Newsletter No.6: Introducing our first systematic review and our next event – on youth unemployment in cities
Welcome to the latest newsletter from the International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO). A very busy month has culminated in the launch of IPPO’s first systematic review of global evidence (on online learning during the pandemic), and two fascinating roundtable discussions on how COVID-19 public inquiries should be designed and run. Read about all this and more below – and please do get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions, at email@example.com.
The impact of COVID-19 on online learning tools and techniques
A key aspect of IPPO’s work is generating robust, clearly articulated reviews of global evidence to inform COVID-related policy thinking across all four UK nations. We have just published our first full systematic review which addresses the future of secondary school education – in particular, what part will online learning play in the wake of COVID-19’s emergency remote education initiatives?
This review – carried out by the EPPI Centre at UCL, one of IPPO’s partner organisations – contains insights from students, teachers and parents across 38 countries, and focuses on the topics of student engagement, peer collaboration, assessment and parental engagement relating to online learning. Read a summary of its findings and recommendations here.
We’ve also published blogs by one of the review’s authors, Faye Bolan, reflecting on what the classroom of the future might look like, and by Scottish biology teacher Paul Downie, on his role in developing Scotland’s ‘blended’ learning strategy during COVID-19.
If you have any questions or requests for further insights relating to this systematic review, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The next IPPO date for your diary
IPPO and Youth Futures Foundation are co-hosting an event on Tuesday 16th November from 3.30pm-5pm GMT, entitled: How should cities tackle youth unemployment in their COVID recovery plans?
This virtual event will bring together policymakers, practitioners and researchers from across the UK and beyond to explore what should be in cities’ local recovery plans to boost youth employment, particularly among marginalised groups. This 90-minute event will present the latest data and evidence from the UK and globally, before breaking into working groups to dig deeper into the following areas:
- Working in partnership to level-up for young people – the potential of co-located youth employment services;
- Future-proofing jobs and skills post-pandemic;
- The role of job centres and work coaches in supporting young people on their journey to employment; and
- Opportunities and challenges for employers in recruiting and retaining local young people.
We’ll be confirming our eminent line-up of speakers for this event shortly. To register now, please use this Eventbrite link.
More IPPO events coming soon …
To inform our different IPPO workstreams, we will be hosting a number of other virtual events in the run-up to Christmas. These include:
- Gender-based Covid recovery: what policy change is needed to support women in the labour market? A Northern Ireland-centred event co-organised by IPPO, Pivotal Public Policy Forum, and Queen’s University Belfast. This event will explore global and UK trends in unpaid care during the pandemic, the particular impacts on women, and what needs to be done to address the care and work gender imbalances that COVID-19 has accentuated.
- Strategies to end homelessness: a combined event with the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) to follow up on IPPO’s earlier roundtable; and
- Policy insights on minimum incomes – led by IPPO’s policy lead in Scotland, the Scottish Policy & Research Exchange (SPRE).
For more information on any of these events or the associated workstreams, email email@example.com.
What should a COVID public inquiry look like?
IPPO’s wide-ranging focus on the social impacts of the pandemic has led us to explore inclusive and innovative ideas for recovery strategies that address the many inequalities COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated. But another aspect of the recovery process concerns understanding and addressing what actually happened during the pandemic, how and why certain decisions were taken, and the full impacts of different governments’ response strategies.
To inform this thinking, IPPO has begun a workstream considering evidence on how independent public inquiries could be designed to achieve the most desirable combination of accountability and lessons learned. We have already fed into the Scottish Government’s call for submissions on what their public inquiry should look like, and have published this paper on how to stimulate innovative inquiry design, process and practice. IPPO’s Co-investigator, Geoff Mulgan, also contributed this essay asking: what kind of inquiry do we need to learn the right lessons?
We’d be delighted to receive your thoughts and feedback on this inquiries work, whether you are involved on the policy or the research side, or have insights based on your personal and/or professional experiences during the pandemic. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and many thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter.