By Emma Drever and Cheryl Lloyd
In 2008, NatCen was commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to carry out a large scale longitudinal quantitative survey with two waves of interviews. The survey is designed to evaluate the longer term outcomes of the training and advice provided through the European Social Fund (ESF) programme. It will also be used to measure a number of indicators and targets that cannot be captured through respondent monitoring information.
Wave 1 of the ESF Cohort Study took place between April and September 2009, and included interviews with 10,947 ESF and match participants. Most participants were interviewed by phone, although a small number of face-to-face interviews took place with more vulnerable respondents.
This report contains the findings of Wave 1 of the ESF Cohort Study 2008-2010.
The evaluation was part-funded by European Social Fund technical assistance under the 2007-2013 England and Gibraltar ESF programme evaluation strategy.