A new tool is harnessing the power of modern web technologies to enable policy makers and the wider public to compare the educational, employment and personal circumstances of young adults in every neighbourhood across England for the first time.
Comparefutures.org is an innovative online tool that brings together a previously unavailable and rich data set of information about the more than 5 million young adults in England, presenting it in a dynamic, interactive, visually engaging and practically useful form.
Enabling greater understanding
Comparefutures.org was created by The Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, an independent public interest charity whose mission is to inspire enduring change by promoting understanding of social harm, the centrality of social justice and the limits of criminal justice.
Supported by Nominet Trust, the new tool aims to help promote understanding of the diverse experience of growing up in England and to provide a practical tool to enable young people, politicians, policy makers, service commissioners and practitioners to compare the different futures of young people based on where they are born and live.
Comparing challenges and prospects
Comparefutures.org will help young adults across England to gain greater insight into their lives and those of their peers. It will also inform policy development affecting this age group, particularly those most excluded and facing the biggest challenges.
The website will be of major interest to policy makers in terms of helping them to get beyond the ‘national’ picture and consider the variable challenges facing young adults depending on where they live. For parliamentarians, councillors and local government officials, it provides a reliable means of comparing local data on the challenges facing young adults, which will be valuable in helping to shape services to this age group, as well as serving as a basis for political and policy debate.