OECD LEED Case Study of Plug In
Thorsten Strömbäck genomför på uppdrag av OECD och LEED-programmet studier kring bl.a. flernivåstyre. Thorsten kommer att inom ramen för LEED att publicera hur Västerbotten arbetar med flernivåstyre.
Västerbotten might well be a remote part of the world but that does not mean that what goes on there is of no interest to the rest of the world. The OECD LEED Programme is currently undertaking a case study of the Plug In project as part of their studies of local youth employment programmes that will discussed at the forthcoming Annual Meeting of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Development in Stockholm. To add to the international dimension, this case study has been written by me, living and working in Perth, Western Australia – an even more remote part of the world. But this meeting has not just an international dimension but is also a meeting of minds. The drop out problem is not a matter for schools alone or educational policy but an integral part of the broader policy issue, the transition from school to work. This means that it is also a labour market issue which explains why labour market economists like me may have something to contribute. Furthermore, since the focus of the OECD LEED programme is the role of local partnership organisations as agents of change and instruments of policy, the collaborative dimension of the Plug In project is of particular interest (http://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/).
Consistent with the above perspective the case study of Plug In focuses on the process of developing a set of measures to reduce drop out and the form these measures take. The role of a case study is mainly to inform, i.e. to share the experience from a particular project with others. It may be described as a report, but it is not a review and certainly not an evaluation. Thus I have tried to describe the multi-level governance structure of the project and to say something about how it has worked out in the case of Västerbotten. Just one comment may be appropriate. One common insight is that schools alone can only do so much to prevent students dropping out but, generally speaking, are left with carrying too much of the burden. Given that, a collaborative process that brings in other actors and involve them in delivering a programme, like Första Rummet, has much to recommend it.
The case study of Plug In will be published in a collection of case studies t in the OECD LEED Local Strategies for Youth Employment programme (http://www.oecd.org/cfe/leed/localyouth.htm).
Thorsten Stromback is Adjunct Professor at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.