Outcomes Framework

At Envision we are fascinated by the psychology of success.  Why is it that some young people from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed whilst others don’t?

The reasons for this are clearly complex, but one thing we believe makes a difference is self-belief, resilience and other soft skills. Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds need these qualities and skills to overcome the greater barriers they face, but perversely often have less opportunity to develop them. 

Confidence + Skills = Success

All our programmes are designed to deliver confidence and skills and this is our core area of expertise.

We distinguish two types of confidence: inner confidence or self-efficacy and outer or social confidence.

  • A young person with high self-efficacy believes that they have a high level of responsibility for determining their outcomes, they take the initiative in setting their own goals and believe that they will overcome challenges to achieve them.

  • A young person with high social confidence is confident talking and interacting with individuals and groups of people from different backgrounds in different situations.

Whilst there is a strong evidence base that confidence is clearly linked to social mobility, many programmes focus on other soft skills because confidence is so difficult to measure. We have worked with the Behavioural Insights Team and the Education Endowment Foundation to tackle this problem and have identified robust scales which enable us to measure progress in these areas. You can read more about this in the section 'How we do it'.

We also have a syllabus of four employability skills: teamwork, creative thinking, communication and grit.

Different programmes focus on different combinations of these to a greater or lesser extent.

For each of these skills we have identified specific techniques and standards of performance that we want young people to demonstrate. These map on to the nationally recognised SkillsBuilder framework.