HJA has evaluated the Graduate Opportunities (GO) Wales programme at mid-term and final stages within the 2007-13 round of EU Structural Funds. GO Wales comprises a programme of activities to support graduates and students to boost employability, graduate retention and deployment of graduate skills in the Welsh economy.
The evaluations included a detailed exploration of the rationale and background of GO Wales, and involved an extensive analysis of project data, stakeholder consultation and a substantial programme of participant surveys. Given the multi-strand nature of GO Wales these were complex evaluations.
Our interim/mid-term evaluation identified many positive messages, but also areas for future development to deliver greater impact for participants and the Welsh economy. Our recommendations were used to inform the development of the programme and secure an extension of funding.