Research and analysis

Evaluation of the Fit for Work Service pilots: first year report (RR792)

Findings of research that was commissioned to evaluate the 11 Fit for Work Service pilots.

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Evaluation of the Fit for Work Service pilots: first year report

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Summary of the research report

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Edited by Jim Hillage

Following Dame Carol Black’s 2008 review of the health of Britain’s working age population, 11 Fit for Work Service (FFWS) pilots were launched throughout Great Britain to test different approaches to supporting employees of small- and medium-sized enterprises that were in the early stages of sickness absence to get back to work as quickly as possible.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), with the Department of Health (DH), commissioned a consortium to evaluate the pilots. The consortium included:

  • Institute for Employment Studies (IES)
  • Fit for Work Research Group at Liverpool University
  • Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of York
  • National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)
  • GfK NOP

This report presents the findings from the first year of the evaluation.