Being able to do this research is extremely helpful because it allows the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and The Prince’s Trust to make improvements to any future programmes for you. It also helps to improve similar programmes across Greater Manchester. Making them better and more relevant for those taking part in them.

To do this we will supply information to an organisation to carry out this work for us. We have produced a list of the information that the evaluation partner may use to do the work for us: Unique Learner Number, information about any interventions accessed, postcode, local authority area, date of birth, contact details, parent/carer contact details (if applicable), key stage, gender, ethnicity, free school meals status, SEN status, care status, educational status, referral agency, referrer contact details, employer contact details,  delivery partner / employer contact details, reason for referral, presenting needs/background, life skills assessment, engagement period, employment/education status (pre and post-programme), employer contact details, employer information (sector, location), financial support accessed through The Trust.

As you can see from the list we will be using information about your personal life and your health. It may seem like a lot of information. But this means we can get a better understanding of the specific areas the programme has been the most helpful. 

The Prince’s Trust will have a contract with the evaluation partner that makes them legally responsible to look after your information properly. They have to take care of it in the same way we have to. Making sure it is kept securely and only the right people can see and use it for the work.

The organisation undertaking the evaluation will produce anonymised statistical data from your information. This means you will not be able to be identified from the data that is produced in the evaluation process. Also none of the work produced as part of the evaluation will be used to make any decisions about you. It will be used for improving the quality, effectiveness and delivery of help across Greater Manchester.  

The outcome of the evaluations may also be included in publicly accessible reports. This information will be mainly charts, diagrams and numbers. You will therefore not be able to be identified from any of the information used or published in this way.

If you do not want your data to be used for the evaluation, you can object to using it in this way by contacting our Data Protection Officer. However, supporting the improvement in services is really important – it really helps make services better for you and your communities.