Research and analysis

The feasibility of conducting a Universal Credit panel survey

This report examines the feasibility of a survey to study the impact of Universal Credit on the same group of people over a period of time.

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The feasibility of conducting a Universal Credit panel survey

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As part of the Universal Credit evaluation strategy a panel study has been proposed. This study would allow the Department for Work and Pensions to monitor the impact of Universal Credit on the same group of people over a period of time. From this it would be possible to identify:

  • changes in behaviour and attitudes to work, work search, benefits and money management

  • whether policies to smooth the transition to work are having the required effect

  • whether individuals understand the benefit system and their behaviour in response to Universal Credit conditionality

A feasibility study was considered to be necessary before commissioning such a study because panel studies are complex and potentially resource intensive.

Authors: Heather Laurie, Nick Buck, Jonathon Burton, Violetta Parutis, Mark Bryan, Peter Lugtig and Mike Brewer – all at the University of Essex, Institute for Social and Economic Research.

Published 13 March 2015