Work programme evaluation: the participant experience report: summary: summary

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Meager, Nigel; Newton, Becci; Sainsbury, Roy
Date of publication
1 December 2014
Employment, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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Summary of a report which brings together and summarises the main evidence from the different strands of the Work Programme evaluation about the experience of participants. In particular, it presents analyses from two waves of a large scale longitudinal survey of participants and a multi-wave (partly cross-section, partly longitudinal) programme of in-depth qualitative fieldwork with participants.

The evaluation tracks the Work Programme over several years from its introduction in 2011. This report notes changes in participants’ experiences and perceptions of the programme during this period. These reflect changes in how the programme operates as it beds down over time and changes in the economic climate in which it is operating. However, the later data in the report are more likely to represent a picture of the programme as it settles down into a steady state of operation. DWP will use the results from this report in the continuous improvement of the Work Programme and the design of any future contracts.

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