Evidence-based Policy Making for Youth Well-being

A Toolkit

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With 1.2 billion people, today’s youth population aged 15-24 represents the largest cohort ever to enter the transition to adulthood. Close to 90% of these young people live in developing countries, and the numbers will practically double in the least developed countries. These young people are the world’s next generation and a unique asset. If properly nurtured, they can act as engines for economic and social progress. Hence, the political will has grown among many national governments to develop comprehensive policy frameworks that better respond to young peoples’ needs and aspirations through national youth policies.


This toolkit provides analytical tools and policy guidance, based on rigorous empirical evidence and international good practices, to countries that are developing, implementing or updating their youth policies. The toolkit includes step-by-step modules to carry out a youth well-being diagnosis and includes practical examples of common youth policies and programmes in the areas of employment, education and skills, health and civic participation.




Evaluating the impact and cost-effectiveness of youth programmes (Module 4)

OECD Development Centre

Developing comprehensive programmes to support youth well-being is becoming an important objective in many countries around the world. Unfortunately, as policy makers consider measures to help young people, they are often challenged by the lack of information on what their options are, what has worked well and what may be the most cost-effective intervention to enhance youth outcomes. In this context, more rigorous evidence is needed on the impact and cost-effectiveness of youth programmes. This section presents tool to carry out impact evaluations.


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