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Valuing the Impact of Adult Learning

Valuing the Impact of Adult Learning

An analysis of the effect of adult learning on different domains in life

Daniel Fujiwara

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May 2012

About This Publication

The ‘What counts as evidence?’ dilemma is a familiar one that we have been grappling with for a number of years and is now more critical than ever because of the increased pressure on budgets nationally and at a local level.

We are entering an age where social value is moving to centre stage in appraisals of all public spending. This means that we need to be able to articulate and quantify what adult learning provides over and above the basic contractual requirements. We need to know the contribution that adult learning makes to a variety of agendas if we are to influence the local debates, such as public health changes and the new health and wellbeing boards. Equally, we need to know its impact on community and civic engagement if we are to influence the localism agenda. We need to quantify the first steps on the journey to employability.

This paper works towards providing the evidence needed to support the case for protecting adult learning and illustrates the true impact of the policy of investing in community learning. The impact that adult learning has on four different areas in life is assessed and using a new alternative valuation method, monetary values are attached to the impacts of adult learning on these four domains.

About the author
Daniel Fujiwara is a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research focuses on techniques for valuing non-market goods. He has recently published guidelines on valuation for the UK Government, including an update to the Treasury Green Book manual. Daniel has researched and estimated the value of a wide range of non-market goods and services, including employment, health, volunteering, reduction in crime and stable family relationships.

Daniel was previously head of cost–benefit analysis at the Department for Work and Pensions and he has worked extensively with a range of Value for Money techniques such as SROI.

The impact debate
Getting involved
1. Introduction
2. Key findings
3. Methodology
4. Data
5. Results
6. Caveats
7. Conclusions
Annex A: The Well-being Valuation approach
Annex B: Statistical results
Annex C: Adult learning questions in the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS)