BSL event: More young people inactive; more university students; fewer young apprentices: Policy failure in the Rudd-Gillard years – RPC

You are invited to the next Brotherhood of St Laurence Research & Policy Centre Lunchtime Seminar on Thursday 25 September from 12.30p-1.30pm, at the Brotherhood, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Fr Tuckers Meeting Room.

Presenter: Professor Richard Sweet

Against a background of ongoing decline in the labour market competitiveness of young people, school-to-work pathways underwent . . . → Read More: BSL event: More young people inactive; more university students; fewer young apprentices: Policy failure in the Rudd-Gillard years – RPC

NEW: Investing in local people and harnessing local communities: A progress report on Victoria’s Work and Learning Centres – Brotherhood

Work and Learning Centres operated by community organisations with strong local networks aim to create learning and employment pathways for jobseekers by providing personalised support, non-vocational training, career guidance and direct links to vocational education and training and to employers. This report presents early findings about the impact of the WLC model implemented . . . → Read More: NEW: Investing in local people and harnessing local communities: A progress report on Victoria’s Work and Learning Centres – Brotherhood

Birth outcomes and academic achievement in childhood: A population record linkage study – JECR

ABSTRACT

Poor academic performance during childhood predicts later adverse outcomes, and could be targeted for improvement if detected early. This study used population-based record linkage to examine the association between early life risk factors and academic achievement at two different stages of development using two different cohorts: a kindergarten (~age 5 years) and a grade . . . → Read More: Birth outcomes and academic achievement in childhood: A population record linkage study – JECR

New issue: International Journal of Refugee Law – Oxford Journals

International Journal of Refugee Law October 1, 2014; Vol. 26, No. 3

Oxford Journals have published the latest table of contents journal alert for the International Journal of Refugee Law. This is for Volume 26 Number 3, (October 1) and further details of the articles in this volume are detailed as follows:

Table of . . . → Read More: New issue: International Journal of Refugee Law – Oxford Journals

The Preschool Early Literacy Indicators: Validity and benchmark goals – TECSP

Assessment is at the center of a decision-making model within a Response to Intervention (RTI) framework. Assessments that can be used for universal screening and progress monitoring in early childhood RTI models are needed that are both psychometrically sound and appropriate to meet developmental needs of young children. The Preschool Early Literacy Indicators (PELI), an . . . → Read More: The Preschool Early Literacy Indicators: Validity and benchmark goals – TECSP

Using happiness data in policy making – OECD

Today’s post is by Angus Deaton, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Economics Department at Princeton University.

Extract

The happiness revolution is in full swing. Country statistical offices are beginning to collect data on wellbeing, the OECD has prepared a . . . → Read More: Using happiness data in policy making – OECD

OECD Employment Outlook 2014 – OECD

The 2014 edition of the OECD Employment Outlook reviews recent labour market trends and short-term prospects in OECD and key emerging economies. It zooms in on how the crisis has affected earnings, provides country comparisons of job quality, examines the causes and consequences of non-regular employment, and estimates the impact of qualifications . . . → Read More: OECD Employment Outlook 2014 – OECD

Socioeconomic Status and Cognitive Outcomes: Mediating Role of the Home Environment – Thesis

ABSTRACT

Low socioeconomic status (SES) in early childhood is associated with increased risk for deficits in cognitive development. Early home environment quality has been shown to mediate between SES and cognition in toddlers from low-income families. This study explored the mediation of home environment quality between SES and cognition in socioeconomically diverse toddlers. 26 families . . . → Read More: Socioeconomic Status and Cognitive Outcomes: Mediating Role of the Home Environment – Thesis

Why can’t we have a simple welfare system? – ARPA

INTRODUCTION – Extract

By the early 2000s, delivering Centrelink’s payments and services involved applying around 30,000 rules (Australian National Audit Office 2002, p. 108). With around twenty separate income support payments and 55 supplementary payments, the system as a whole outstrips anyone’s ability to understand it. Customers struggle to understand their entitlements and . . . → Read More: Why can’t we have a simple welfare system? – ARPA

A UK Without Poverty – Joseph Rowntree (UK)

Poverty is a cost the UK cannot afford.

It wastes people’s potential and drains public finances, hampering economic growth. If we don’t act it is likely to increase.

Here we set out the case for tackling poverty and outline policy options available to governments.

The main points include:

Poverty . . . → Read More: A UK Without Poverty – Joseph Rowntree (UK)

Carers at Breaking Point – Carers UK

This report examines the experiences of carers who have been pushed to breaking point by caring without the right support. Based on the experiences of over 5,000 carers, this analysis examines the causes of carer breakdown, the impact of crisis and what support can prevent carers mental and physical health breaking down.

The report . . . → Read More: Carers at Breaking Point – Carers UK

Research examines policy impact on vocational education – RMIT News

Researchers are evaluating the impact of changes in compliance and immigration policy on the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.

Extract

Professor Prem Chhetri is leading a team of researchers from RMIT University’s School of Business IT and Logistics to identify the impact of changes in the “skills in demand” policy on the . . . → Read More: Research examines policy impact on vocational education – RMIT News

Free Will? Volunteers Vs Voluntolds – ProBono

Extract

Forcing high school and university students to work in the Not for Profit sector as part of their education could turn them away from volunteer work in the future, an expert has claimed.

Speaking at the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) World Volunteer Conference on the Gold . . . → Read More: Free Will? Volunteers Vs Voluntolds – ProBono

The Climate Change Summit: Why Humanitarians Should Pay Attention – Brookings

Extract Next week’s Climate Change summit in New York is intended to galvanize momentum from world leaders by focusing on tangible climate actions which can be taken now in advance of the 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris next November. While the Summit is not part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change . . . → Read More: The Climate Change Summit: Why Humanitarians Should Pay Attention – Brookings

Explainer: What Indigenous constitutional recognition means – The Conversation

Author: Melissa Castan, Senior Lecturer, and Deputy Director for the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University

Extract

Bundilla elder Aunty Barbara Raymond with schoolchildren in Darwin last year, supporting the cause of Indigenous constitutional recognition.

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australia has been on the national agenda for a . . . → Read More: Explainer: What Indigenous constitutional recognition means – The Conversation

Complexity Development Theory and enterprise development at the bottom of the pyramid – QUT

ABSTRACT

In 2001 45% (2.7 billion) of the world’s population of approximately 6.1 billion lived in ‘moderate poverty’ on less than US $ 2 per person per day (World Population Summary, 2012). In the last 60 years there have been many theories attempting to explain development, why some countries have the fastest growth in history, . . . → Read More: Complexity Development Theory and enterprise development at the bottom of the pyramid – QUT

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