In the study, an assessment is made – as far as the data allows – of the extent to which the developments in target variables can be traced back to BRIDGE. An assessment has also been made of whether the commitment to the choice of technology, port and care is still a valid one based on labour market perspectives. Furthermore, bottlenecks in the execution have also been addressed.
The intention is to continue with this policy after 2019, possibly in a modified form. The experiences with BRIDGE are however an important input for adjusting educational measures. The experiences with BRIDGE are also important building blocks for monitoring and evaluating the results of the education component in the future.
The monitoring and evaluation was in the first place carried out by SEOR, a research institute of the Erasmus University and partner of BRIDGE. Furthermore, specific (outsourced) research among schools and pupils by Regioplan and among companies by Ecorys have also been used for the monitoring and evaluation.
It is very important that there is an improvement in the quality of the information about the reach. It is crucial to have a systematic overview about the degree of applicability of the interventions. As long as there is no structured information system to monitor individual pupils and their participation in different interventions, it is important that information is available regarding the annual participation per intervention, per school and per school year. This is important for monitoring the reach as well as for a “harder” effect measuring from which the effectiveness per LOB instrument can be derived. This knowledge is necessary for the further improvement of all LOB interventions.
Repeat the measuring of labour market effects linked to different educational choices on a periodic basis in order to assess whether policy choices for stimulating specific directions are still valid.