The evaluation of a Swiss program for professional integration presented in France

The evaluation of a Swiss program for professional integration presented in France

Members of the NCCR LIVES Jean-Michel Bonvin, Maël Dif-Pradalier, and Emilie Rosenstein are speakers at a seminar on youth and labor organized on October 4-5, 2012 in Marseille.

The Regional Institute of Labor of Aix-en-Provence and the Laboratory of Economics and Sociology of Work of the National Centre for Scientific Research (LEST-CNRS) organize the Interdisciplinary Seminar "Youth and Work" in collaboration with the PACA Regional Labor Center and the National Network of Labor Institutes. This series of lectures and workshops will be held in plenary on 4 and 5 October 2012 in Marseille.

As part of the workshop No 2 on October 5, "Training, resources and trajectories", Prof. Jean-Michel Bonvin, Head of the NCCR LIVES IP5, Maël Dif-Pradalier, Researcher, and Emily Rosenstein, PhD Student, present the results of a research project entitled "Enabling young adults in difficulties. The case of the FORJAD Program in the State of Vaud".
 
This contribution proposes to mobilize Amartya Sen’s capabilities approach to evaluate social policies and more specifically, integration policies for young people in vulnerable situations. Within this analytical framework, the efficiency of an employability program should be evaluated in terms of its impact on the capabilities of individuals, that is to say their real freedom to live the life and have a job they have reasons to value.

This framework is applied here to evaluate an innovative integration policy in Switzerland, the FORJAD Program, which aims to increase opportunities for professional integration of young adults taking welfare by accompanying them during vocational training. The results show that if FORJAD contributes to the development of the capacity for action of its beneficiaries, improvements can still be made in a capabilities perspective.