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					Working for Families Overview of the Evaluation
Professor Ron McQuaid
Director
Employment Research Institute Napier University 5 October 2005

Working for Families
• To assist disadvantaged parents in deprived areas and groups into work by ensuring that availability of childcare is not a barrier to entering education, training or employment.

• To assist 15,000 parents by 2008

Target groups
• Parents on low income (maximum Child Tax Credit and WTC) • Parents with other stresses in the household e.g. disability, mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems. • Lone parents - pre New Deal; entering employment; trying to retain jobs or improve their hours/earnings; and/or going into further and higher education.

The bottom line
• About the parent’s journey to work

Not
• The childcare delivered on the way

Evaluation: what we are trying to achieve?
To find out what works: (who, what, when and why?) – For whom – What support – In what circumstances (family etc.) – Effects of local economy

Evaluation: what we are trying to achieve?
• Helping to improve practice
– Some projects and staff are not used to dealing with employability issues – Helps them to ask appropriate questions – Questionnaires help to instil good practice in monitoring

What is success?
• Hard outcomes
– – – – – Work: part time or full time, quality of job Sustainability of job Education: FE/HE, part-time of full time, outcome Training Volunteering

• Soft outcomes
– Measurement of ‘distance travelled’, qualitative

outcomes – Impacts on household and children

Main parts of the evaluation
• The main data on clients - registration form - monthly monitoring - transition - six monthly monitoring • Phase 1 case studies (organisation etc.) • Phase 2 case studies (projects: Nov-March) • Other data (childcare, finances etc.)

Who does what – client data?
• • • • 10,000+ people with detailed information 10 local authorities 50-100 projects and initiatives Focus is on projects to collect and use data • LAs to collate data • Outside (Employment Research Institute) to evaluate

Phase 2 case studies
THEME
• • • • TRANSPORT PROJECT SUBSIDY FUND WORKING WITH EMPLOYERS IMPROVING ACCESS TO TRAINING ETC • VOLUNTEERS

Phase 2 case studies
CLIENT GROUP
• • • • • • • SUPPORTING YOUNG PARENTS HEALTH, DISABILITIES, DRUG/ALCOHOL PARENTS IN EDUCATION LONE PARENTS LOW INCOME MONEY ADVICE HARD TO REACH WITH BARRIER

Phase 2 case studies
CHILDCARE
• • • • • • • CRECHE CHILDMINDING FLEXIBLE CHILDCARE SITTER SERVICE DEVELOPING CHILDCARE WORKERS KEY WORKERS

Outcomes
• Focus on providing timely, useful information • Newsletters • Quarterly feedback of data results to LAs • Good practice conference (today!) • Interim reports • Ongoing dialogue

Result?
• On-going improvements • Genuinely better policies – so we are doing the right things in 10 years (hopefully) • Genuinely better projects

Working for Families Sharing Good Practice Conference
Wednesday, 5 October 2005


				
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