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Method Model: Conceptual model (UNEMPLOYED)
Description The project set out to develop model of the effectiveness of labour market oriented training programmes for the long-term unemployed, on the basis of a literature review and qualitative case studies. The initial conceptual model (Brandsma, 1999, figure 1, p. 7) was partially based on the related area of school effectiveness research. A focussed literature search in the available bibliographies and databases was performed for further underpinning of the conceptual model. Following the results of the case studies, it was decided to develop two more specific models to be tested in the quantitative stage: an output model (what influences whether or not the course is finalised) and an outcome model (what influences whether or not a job is found) (Brandsma, 1999, figures 3 and 4, pp. 13, 14).
Discussion "It is clear that we certainly did not build the final model concerning effectiveness of labour market oriented training for the long-term unemployed. The question of course is whether this could have been expected."

For a detailed argumentation see Brandsma (1999, pp. 103-111).

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