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Ministear airson lonnsachadh agus Sgil ean Meinister for Lear an Skeils Mini ster for Learning and Skills Alasdair All an BPA /MSP F I T : 08457741741 E: [email protected] Ms Kezia Dugdale MSP The Scot tish Parliament EDINBURGH EH991SP Ur fai dhlelYour ref: GC-04/10/11 Ar faidhle/Our ref: 2011/1020694 2 f October 2011 The Scottish Government Riagh altas na h- Alba .e:; -:::::;:;;'"' DELIVERING A G AMES LEGACY FOR SCOll AND Tha nk you for your letter of 4 October 2011 regarding the collection of young people's dat a as part of Activity Agre emen ts. As yo u kno w, Activ ity Agr eements wer e pil ote d in 10 Loc al Auth ori ty areas acr oss Sco tla nd between June 2009 and Marc h 2011. In ord er to assess the successfulness of Ac tiv ity Agr eements, an evaluation was commis sio ned in October 2010. This was a short term piece of work to look at each of the pil ots and how the y devel ope d Act ivi ty Agr eement s and whe re the are as of best pra ctice wer e emerging. Prior to this work, the pilo t areas were issued wit h a framework which contained what information was like ly to be needed for this. Thi s was issu ed in Jan uary 2010. For some of the areas, thi s was dif fic ult as the y had a ma inl y pap er- bas ed sys tem or hadn't col leC ted data cons ist ent ly pri or to this date . Thi s gav e some var iat ion s in t he data tha t Bla ke Ste ven son was abl e to colle ct. The eval uat ion rec ommendat ion see ks to recti fy this by sug ges tin g tha t Local Par tne rsh ips hav e more guid ance on da ta collection requirements. We endorse this recommendation and are enc ouraging partnership to retu rn informati on on young peoples outcomes directly to us on a quarterly basis. This is a short- ter m exe rcise whi ch is two -fold: fir stl y to encour age partners hip s to de vel op cap aci ty for dat a col lec tio n at a local level and also to col late a pic ture of par tic ipa tio n at a national level. In the comi ng yea r, we hope to be able to ex tract much of this data thr oug h Ski lls Development Sco tla nd. Wider wor k on data collection is curren tly ongoin g wit h local partnerships to ens ure the y are collecting robust data and that this is being shared for all pos sible pro vision tha t a young per son can undertake. Cid he Bhi ctoria. Dun Eideann, EH6 6QQ Vict or ia Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ www.scotland.gov.uk IS Il1 4'; "l vr ~ . ~ ( ~ ) ISVI' STOR IS P¥.OI >LH

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Ministear airson lonnsachadh agus SgileanMeinister for Lear an SkeilsMinister for Learning and SkillsAlasdair Allan BPA/MSP

F I T : 08457741741

E: [email protected]

Ms Kezia Dugdale MSPThe Scottish Parliament

EDINBURGH

EH991SP

Ur faidhlelYour ref: GC-04/10/11

Ar faidhle/Our ref: 2011/1020694

2 f  October 2011

The ScottishGovernmentRiaghaltas na h-Alba

.e:;-:::::;:;;'"'DELIVERING

A G AMES LEGACY FOR SCOllAND

Thank you for your letter of 4 October 2011 regarding the collection of young people's data

as part of Activity Agreements.

As you know, Activity Agreements were piloted in 10 Local Authority areas across Scotland

between June 2009 and March 2011. In order to assess the successfulness of Activity

Agreements, an evaluation was commissioned in October 2010. This was a short term piece

of work to look at each of the pilots and how they developed Activity Agreements and where

the areas of best practice were emerging. Prior to this work, the pilot areas were issued with

a framework which contained what information was likely to be needed for this. This was

issued in January 2010. For some of the areas, this was difficult as they had a mainly paper-based system or hadn't colleCted data consistently prior to this date. This gave some

variations in the data that Blake Stevenson was able to collect. The evaluationrecommendation seeks to rectify this by suggesting that Local Partnerships have more

guidance on data collection requirements.

We endorse this recommendation and are encouraging partnership to return information on

young peoples outcomes directly to us on a quarterly basis. This is a short-term exercise

which is two-fold: firstly to encourage partnerships to develop capacity for data collection at a

local level and also to collate a picture of participation at a national level.

In the coming year, we hope to be able to extract much of this data through Skills

Development Scotland. Wider work on data collection is currently ongoing with localpartnerships to ensure they are collecting robust data and that this is being shared for all

possible provision that a young person can undertake.

Cidhe Bhictoria. Dun Eideann, EH6 6QQ

Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

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Importantly, this work includes encouraging responsibilities for key points of this data

collection to be identified to ensure that young people are not lost at key transition points.

I hope this information is helpful.

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ALASDAIR ALLAN

Cidhe Bhict6ria, Dun Eideann, EH6 6QQ

Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ

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