Research and analysis

Work Choice evaluation: in-house research no. 6

Findings from a qualitative study to assess the success of transition from legacy programmes to Work Choice.

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by Adam Thompson, Paul Trenell, Mike Hope, and Andrew McPhillips

Work Choice is a specialist disability employment programme that provides employment support to clients who, by reason of disability, can’t be supported through mainstream employment programmes. It was introduced in October 2010 and replaced 3 previous programmes: WORKSTEP, Work Preparation and the Job Introduction Scheme.

The Work Choice programme was the first specialist disability employment programme to be commissioned under the terms of the Department for Work and Pension’s commissioning strategy.

This report describes the findings from a qualitative study to assess the success of transition from legacy programmes to Work Choice. It also explores the impact of the commissioning process used to procure the provision. The study comprised interviews with key stakeholders and was carried out shortly after the programme began.