Welcome to the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions

CAYT-ADEPIS largeThe circumstances of young people in the UK are changing rapidly, in terms of how they spend their time and the choices they make. The transition period between childhood and adulthood has grown, youth engagement in a range of risky behaviours has increased and the education and labour market options faced by young people have changed dramatically.

CAYT (the Centre for Analysis of Youth Transitions) started life as a research centre, comprising researchers from the Institute of Education, NatCen Social Research and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. CAYT was founded to improve our understanding of the journey between childhood and adulthood and how it is changing over time. CAYT produced new research on topics relating to youth transitions, including around teenage pregnancy, drug use and the drivers of education choices, which can be found on the publications section of the website.

It also set up the CAYT database of impact studies. The aim of the database is to draw together evidence on ‘what works’ in terms of policies designed to assist young people in their transitions from education to work, as well as reducing engagement in risky behaviours.  Who is CAYT for?

From April 2015 CAYT will be managed by Mentor, as part of the Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Information Service (ADEPIS). ADEPIS will manage and add to the database and will produce its own research publications.

ADEPIS aims to:

  • Develop a high quality information and advice service for practitioners; and
  • Support the development of local capacity by promoting evidence-based programmes known to have an impact and building practitioner confidence

We do this by:

  • Making available differentiated support to practitioners building on practitioner needs, emerging trends and evidence of impact;
  • Providing a two-way channel between policy makers and practitioners to ensure policies and strategies are translated effectively and that concerns from the field feed into policy;
  • Using the best of national and international evidence to inform all work.

The CAYT database will contribute significantly towards achieving the above aims.


Who is CAYT for?

The CAYT database will be important for two types of stakeholders:

Firstly, some users, including those commissioning services or programmes for young people, will want to search teh database to obtain evidence of what really works to improve outcomes. The database is open access and to find an assessment of the impact and quality of a particular study go to the CAYT Virtual Library.

Secondly, those who deliver or evaluate services or programmes for young people will want to have their evaluation studies assessed for impact and quality and then deposited in the repository so that users can understand whether their service has genuine impact.


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