Research reports

Research reports examine policy-relevant issues and comprise original analysis using the LSAY data sets and other extant data where relevant. Topics explored cover school, post-school study and transitions, work and equity groups.

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  • 6 June 2012
    Bridging the gap: who takes a gap year and why?
    6 June 2012
    This report was prepared for the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to throw light on the growing trend of taking a 'gap year' between school completion and commencing…
  • 29 August 2012
    How did young people fare in the 1990s economic downturn?
    29 August 2012
    To provide insights into how young people may fare in the current economic downturn, this study examines the experience of youth in a previous downturn. While it is recognised that each downturn is…
  • 5 July 2012
    School completion: what we learn from different measures of family background
    5 July 2012
    This paper quantifies the impact of different dimensions of socioeconomic disadvantage on Year 12 completion by employing a comparative analysis of one data set that has been used extensively to…
  • 17 September 2012
    Assessing the impact of research: a case study of the LSAY Research Innovation and Expansion Fund
    17 September 2012
    An increasing and important requirement of any funded research program is the ability to demonstrate that it is relevant and useful to public policy and to practitioners. This study takes the…